It’s been a far from straight-forward pre-season for Swaffham Town FC, but first team boss Paul Hunt believes they are ready to hit the ground running this weekend.
Hunt only returned to the club a few weeks ago after former Dereham Town manager Robert Taylor left, having only been appointed at the end of last season.
The Pedlars will be applying their trade in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division again next term, despite finishing in the relegation zone last term after receiving a reprieve due to changes in the Non-League ladder.
“On and off the field things are going well for us and we can’t wait to get started,” Hunt told the Lynn News.
“It has been a bit of a strange pre-season for us because of me coming in late but considering that I have only been in the job for a couple of weeks now, I’m really confident with the squad that we have got together.
“It’s really pleasing that all the lads who I have asked to sign for us have done so and I think the squad is in real good shape for a tough start.
“We know Saffron Walden of old, we have played each other through the leagues and went up together and they are a great club, that get a good crowd so we are really looking forward to going there to start the season.
“You always have a few niggles and knocks at the start of the season and while we have got nothing that is going to cause us major concerns we are going to have a few players missing over the first few weeks as the early start has caught a few people off guard when it comes to holidays.”
Hunt’s side travel to Saffron Walden tomorrow but despite a far from perfect pre-season, the Shoemakers Lane chief is backing his squad to enjoy a positive start after a productive, yet short spell of preparation.
The Swaffham chief has also praised the club’s committee for their work behind the scenes over the summer.
He said: “The committee here are really proactive and they have been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the summer. We have got a new stand up and a new walkway from the dressing rooms out to the pitch and that hard work will definitely make a difference.”
Striker Alex Vincent has been named club captain.
Vincent, who operates as Youth Team coach, will also oversee the role of leading the player committee which is vital as this will see the players and club working as one.
Also returning or re-signing for the Pedlars are tenacious midfielder Mikey Thompson, ex-King’s Lynn Town player Luis Duarte, central midfielder Ashley Keegan and Scott Cruikshank, who will be first team keeper.
Swaffham Town Football Club are pleased to announce a new partnership with Greene King plc, who will be sponsoring the first team kit and supplying the Albert Hudson Bar with beers. David Yallop Roofing will be the new U18 kit sponsor for the coming season.