08:00AM, Sunday 20 May 2018
He says that Windsor FC are bottom of the food chain when it comes to signing new players, but manager Mick Woodham is looking forward to the challenge of getting deals done.
He feels two to four new players are needed to bridge the gap to the top five. The Royalists finished more than 20 points adrift of the promotion challengers last season, and while Woodham admits it will be difficult for the club to compete for honours on their budget, he’s confident they will make improvements next season.
Apart from Jack Denton, who is leaving to start a sports scholarship in America, the majority of last season’s squad are expected to remain on the books at Stag Meadow.
His contacts, and the supply chain of players from the Cox Green Academy, will also be used to help strengthen the side.
“As it stands, pretty much everyone from last season’s squad will be staying,” said Woodham.
“We probably need to bring in two to four players, but none of them are going to commit at the present time. We’re bottom of the food chain in that respect and until we have the players signed on for the season we can’t really say too much. We can ask the players, and they might say they’ll come to us, but you never know what will happen and things can change in half-an-hour.
“We’ll look to replace Jack, and if that player comes from the academy then happy days, but if not, we’ll use our contacts elsewhere to see if we can get someone in.”
Grinding out results against sides in the middle to lower end of the table will be crucial to their hopes of bridging the gap to the top five, Woodham says.
“We dropped too many points from winning positions last season,” he said. “So we have to apply ourselves better.
“And those wins don’t have to be achieved stylishly. Substance can win over style. We also lost to middle of the table teams who simply wanted it more than we did.
“Our budget won’t change this year, so it will be difficult to push for promotion, but we remain optimistic. There wasn’t a lot between us and the likes of Wantage and Highworth. They just picked up points more often than we did.”
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