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5 Jul: Blacky's Briefing

11 months ago By Martin Able

Girty and Hickman go, but Adam and Adams join

It's been a while since my last update however we've gone quietly about our business these last couple of months.

The players arrived back to preseason training on 29th June and have so far completed three tough sessions. We carried out fitness and body-fat tests at the end of last season and it's great to see every single one of the lads has come back in as good a shape, if not better, than before the break. My focus is now on making sure the players are physically and tactically prepared for the start of the new Bostik season.

You may have heard the breaking news that Luke Girt has left the club and joined Sheppey Utd. Luke called me two weeks ago and explained his work situation had drastically changed and wasn't able to commit as much as he felt we all deserved so after discussions with Sheppey (his home town club) we were able to reach an agreement that both parties were happy with. Girty is a top lad and I'm sure I speak for all when we I wish him “all the best for the future”.

A little over a month ago we signed Adam Woollcott who was last season at Herne Bay. Adam is a player I've admired for a while and was very pleased to agree terms with him. Even in the few pre-season sessions we have done so far you can see his ability in ball retention as well as having extremely high energy levels. He'll fit right in with the group I've no doubt.

Matty Adams has also agreed to sign, there are a few things to still discuss with Matty but we both understand the current situation and are both extremely happy to have him return to his local club.

On a sad note I've had to say goodbye to my assistant Tom Hickman. Tom's work situation changed suddenly and was impossible for him to be able stay on. When I took over the job I never envisaged we would have such a good relationship. His level of respect, his organisation, his ability to communicate with the players and his general non-league know-how was exactly what I was after and I wish all the very best for the future and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again sometime.

Currently I'm talking to someone to replace Tom as my assistant and hope to have some news by the end of the week.

I'll keep you updated on any new arrivals when they happen.

See you all soon,


Updated 09:59 - 22 Jul 2017 by Martin Able

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