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Swaffham Town retain majority of squad for Thurlow Nunn Premier League season

Paul Hunt has revealed that Swaffham Town have retained the majority of their first-team squad for next season – with some potential new signings on the horizon.

The Shoemakers Lane boss said he was pleased to retain the services of the vast majority of the side which won the Thurlow Nunn First Division North title last season.

He said: “Pretty much all of the first team from last year have re-signed and, like me, they can’t wait for the new season to come around.

Paul Hunt at Framlingham. (13416969)
Paul Hunt at Framlingham. (13416969)

“I always wanted to keep the squad together, the spirit and togetherness within the group is so strong because everyone wants to show what they can do at the next level.

“After such a good season last year, the lads deserve the chance to show what they can do in the Premier Divisionand I am really pleased we will be carrying this journey on as a group.”

Hunt is under no illusions about the task ahead and says he is looking to bolster his squad with a blend of exciting young talent and experience before pre-season properly kicks off.

“We will need a bit more strength in depth in key areas next season,” said Hunt.

“The squad proved they could compete against sides from the next level in the cups last year and we will be looking to add a handful of new faces to ensure we can do that.

“We are in talks with two experienced senior players, who I am hoping to see sign for us, but we are also confident we will see some of the exciting youngsters next season who have been proving themselves in the Reserves and under-18s.

“The balance between experience and youth is something that’s always been important to me and my coaching staff and that progression between the sides will be something we look to continue next season.”

No side from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division could be relegated next season as part of a shake-up of the divisions, but Hunt said his side weren’t paying attention to ifs and maybes.

“I have heard it all before and the truth is these things are often finalised late in the day.

“I am not, and none of the players, are even thinking about relegation, we are going up with a positive and competitive mind-set and going to show what we can do.

“My way is always to focus on yourselves and the things you are in control of.”

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