By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Photo courtesy of Ryan Clark of ClarkHirst Photography
“The fans were amazing for us last season and I just want to prepare them for something spectacular.”
That’s what Scarborough Athletic manager Rudy Funk told the Scarborough News after confirming the returns of four key players for next season’s Evo Stik Division One South campaign.
Now there is no doubt that retaining Ryan Blott and captain Tony Hackworth could be crucial if Scarborough want more success.
Funk has now persuaded nine players from his NCEL Premier Division title-winning squad to return, but he going to need a few new bodies to be able to compete at the top end of the table.
Players with Conference North and Evo Stik Premier experience are type of people Funk should be looking for.
Funk’s club are riding the crest of a wave so next season is the perfect time to continue their success.
It is going to be tough. Coalville Town will be hurt from missing out on promotion to King’s Lynn Town and then to Stamford in the play-offs so will be very determined.
Chasetown and Belper Town will be strong as always, while Lincoln United, under the new stewardship of former Worksop Town assistant manager Dave Frecklington are making an early mark with a number of transfers.
Funk and neither the club’s supporters should get too over-excited by yesterday’s news just yet.
But, if Funk can deliver with some top-class signings then things will certainly get exciting for Scarborough and more success could be right round the corner.