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Shone hopes Burnham have the firepower to 'get the club back where it belongs'

Burnham boss Paul Shone is hoping his squad will have the firepower to ‘get the club back where it should be’ this season.

Former Maidenhead United striker Gavin James and Aylesbury United forward Aaron Berry joined the Blues over the summer.

Shone described the signing of James, an FA Vase winner with Thatcham Town, as ‘huge’ for the club as they prepare for life back in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

He said: “To win leagues you need firepower and Gavin was a player that we spoke about bringing in.

“He’s been impressed with what he’s seen and heard about the club and linking up with his brother Ashleigh has obviously helped get that one over the line.”

James spent last season at Bracknell Town but suffered with injuries at the back end of the season.

But Shone said the striker, who has represented Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at international level, has looked sharp in pre-season.

The overhaul at The Robins has also seen Burnham able to recruit Geoff Warner as assistant manager after he left the Isthmian South Central Division Central side following their play-off final defeat last season.

Shone added: “There’s a big vision for the club to get back where we feel we should be.

“We want to be competing on all fronts and the people involved all have that winning mentality.

“Geoff’s been involved in the professional game and his pedigree and class are going to be massive for us.”

The Blues kick off their league campaign on Saturday as they welcome Fairford Town to The Gore.

Fairford finished a modest 13th last season but Shone warned his team to be wary of the threat they would pose.

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