Sidmouth Town latest - boss looking for players to commit

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Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell is looking to get commitment from the players who have joined the club for what have been some very well attended pre-season sessions so far.

The Vikings boss says: “I have told the lads that session four (Thursday), was always going to be the one where I would be looking for a yes, or a no.

“I accept that this it the time of pre-season when players ‘do the rounds’ to see if they can find a club they’ll want to be with and it is very pleasing for me to see the quality of the ‘new faces’ who have come down to Manstone Lane to join in our pre-season session.”

Stunell continued: “However, the umming and arring has to stop at some stage so we can begin to work with the players that we know we have with us for the season.

“Our first pre—season friendly is on Saturday week (July 15) and I want us to send into that game as strong a side as possible and so I’ll not be playing folk who are continuing to ‘sit on the fence’.”


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There have been at least 36 players at each of the first three sessions and Stunell expects the same again tonight.

He says: “It’s a real boost for us as a club to see so many at the sessions and clearly we are now considered to be a ‘good club to join’ – and, let’s face it, why wouldn’t an ambitious player not want to come to us.”

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If things are moving a pace on the pitch as the new season draws ever nearer – they are also moving off the pitch with the news that the contractors are all set to begin work with the new floodlights at Manstone Lane., The project is set to being in the final week of July and be all done and dusted by mid-August.

Stunell says: “Having floodlights is a real bonus for us and just adds to the feel-good factor that is very evident at the club right now.”

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