New era dawns as Thetford Town look to exploit second chance

Football - AFC Sudbury (yellow) v Barkingside. Sudbury number 4 Ross Bailey in action. ANL-160214-182539009
Football - AFC Sudbury (yellow) v Barkingside. Sudbury number 4 Ross Bailey in action. ANL-160214-182539009

Thetford Town boss Danny White hopes the club can take full advantage of their relegation reprieve with a season of consolidation in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

The Brecklanders were spared from the drop thanks to the Football Association’s end-of- season review of the non-League pyramid.

After becoming the big beneficiaries of the reshuffle, White, who will take charge of his first full season in the hot-seat, has spent the summer rebuilding the Thetford squad.

No fewer than seven new faces have arrived at the Recreation Ground, with four of last season’s squad moving on.

White said: “To be honest, when I came to the club last season it was always going to be a mammoth task to try to keep the club up.

“Jay Dennis (White’s assistant) and myself have worked hard to bring in the players we needed.

“The summer was always going to be a big transitional period for the club.

“Now we’ve got the players we wanted we are going to go about our business quietly and I also feel we have the capability of upsetting one or two sides as well.

“We should be more than good enough to consolidate our position in the league.

“I believe if we can keep this group of players together for the next two to three years, then I really feel the club can go places.”

Of the new faces, the Brecklanders have swooped for goalkeeper Kingsley Barnes from Wroxham Reserves, defender Alex Mcintosh from Walsham-le-Willows and AFC Sudbury midfielder Ross Baily.

Ryan Sands (defender) and Johnny Conroy (winger) have made the short trip down the road from Mundford, while former pro boxer George O’Mahoney, who lives in Maidstone, and frontman Jordan Attree complete the new arrivals.

White, whose side open their campaign at FC Clacton tomorrow (3pm), added: “It was important that we brought in players with good attitudes who want to play football the right way. We wanted to sort out the spine of our side so it was a massive bonus being able to bring in players in all of those positions.

“Ross Bailey is a massive signing for this club, while our new goalkeeper Kingsley will also be key.

“The two lads from Mundford are excellent prospects and if Luke Bailey plays anywhere near his full potential then I believe he can go on and be the best centre-half in this league.”

Youngsters Kyle Dyer and Charlie Power complete the squad as Thetford look to nurture their own talent through the club’s new football scholarship programme, which starts in September.

Anyone looking to join the programme or wishing to find out further information can contact White on 07789 934181.