Thetford Town manager Mark Scott is looking forward to working with Matt Dixon again after the striker agreed to return to the club.
Having banged in 48 goals in all competitions as the Brecklanders were promoted from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division and reached the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road in 2011/12, the ace marksmen departed for spells at Norwich United and Diss Town.
However, after netting just nine times in the last 12 months, Scott is hoping Dixon can pick up from where he left off on his return to Mundford Road.
“One area we were really lacking last season was up front,” said Scott, who has decided to stay on at Thetford after spending several weeks contemplating his own future. “I’ve been speaking to Dicko for a while and he knew it was a mistake for him to leave.
“It’s a real boost to me because I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what my future holds.
“Having spoken to a few players, I’ve got some confidence to go and have another go at it.
“I don’t think I had a fair crack at the Premier Division last season, so on a personal basis, this is a season where I need to prove myself.
“I’ve learned a lot from last year and hopefully a little bit wiser for it.”
Scott has also swooped to agree a deal with former Stowmarket Town and Mildenhall Town striker Wayne Proctor, while Luke Catchpole, Luke Bailey, James Pipe and Martin Carter have expressed a desire to remain at Thetford.
The Brecklanders, who finished second-bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this season, look set to get a reprieve from relegation.
Wisbech Town and Godmanchester Rovers have applied to move across to the United Counties League, while Dereham Town’s promotion bid is expected to be accepted, meaning they will move up to the Southern League or the Ryman League.
Meanwhile, with Cambridge University Press pulling out of the Thurlow Nunn League, only two promotion positions in the First Division were filled.
All that combined should secure Thetford’s future in the Premier Division, but their fate will not be confirmed until the Thurlow Nunn League’s Annual General Meeting on June 20.
“I’m 95 per cent confident we are staying in the Prmeier Division,” said Scott, whose club have had to complete necessary ground-grading improvements.
The Brecklanders are set to welcome former Thetford manager Simon Brooks back to the club in a coaching capacity after Scott confirmed the departure of Steve Livingstone, who can no longer commit to travelling from his home in Sheringham.
“My thanks go to Steve, who has been with me for the last three or four seasons,” said Scott.
The new Thurlow Nunn League season will kick-off on Saturday, August 10, 2013, and finish on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
n Thetford are looking for a new physio and reserve-team manager.
Call Scott on 07830 234794.