08:30AM, Thursday 22 June 2017
Excitement is starting to build in the Windsor camp with pre-season now just around the corner and players dusting off their football boots for a return to the training pitch.
Mick Woodham (above) said this week he’s well aware of the challenges that lie ahead for his team as they prepare to make the switch from Combined Counties football to the Hellenic Premier Division.
He’s expecting the majority of last season’s squad, if not all, to sign on for the new season in the Hellenic and has managed to persuade five new players to link up with them at Stag Meadow.
And for once there won’t be an open door policy for players looking to try out for the club when pre-season training kicks-off on Tuesday night.
“Apart from one or two that are still on their holidays I’m expecting everyone from last season’s squad to be with us next season,” said Woodham.
“In the past we’ve had an open door policy for pre-season but this summer we knew what we needed in terms of positions and have identified the players we needed to sign.
“We are going to sign five new players and these players are expected to start for us next season.”
Woodham admitted the Hellenic League will throw up some new challenges which his team will have to overcome but says the switch, which initially he was against, has given everyone at Stag Meadow a big lift.
He said: “We’re looking forward to it, everyone is.
“We’re expecting it will push up our gates by 40 per cent, with more fans likely to travel to our matches.
“We have a very good idea of what to expect next season and know what the teams in this division are all about.”
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.