Mildenhall Town head into the start of a new Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season with plenty of optimism of better times ahead.
There will be plenty of new faces on show when Dean Greygoose takes his newly-assembled side to Ipswich Wanderers for their first game of the 2015-16 campaign tomorrow (3pm).
The Mildenhall boss has made 10 new signings during his first pre-season in charge, headed up by former Bury Town midfielder Callum Kearns and Lakenheath strike partners Matt Hayden and Luke Catchpole.
“When I first came in I looked at the squad and didn’t think it need many additions,” Greygoose said. “But that is not how its worked out.
“We’ve brought in 10 players and it was massive for us to get the ones in that we wanted.
“It’s been typical non-league in pre-season with players missing through holidays and other commitments, but we’ve had two training sessions this week to get ready for the first game on Saturday.
“This week is as important as any pre-season game. It’s too early to say where we’ll finish, in the back of my head I’ve got a target and like any manager you always want to do your best.”
Other arrivals to Recreation Way this summer include Diss Town captain Jacob Brown and Newmarket Town winger Luke Parkinson, while Harrison Ford returns from Needham Market Reserves.
Greygoose has called for patience this season and has used Premier Division champions Norwich United as an example of what the club can achieve in a few years time.
“I look at Norwich United and how many years it took them to get where they are,” the Mildenhall boss said.
“We’ve got to be more patient as its a new team. It’s a new chapter at Mildenhall Town and there’s a sense of optimism from top to bottom at the club.
“Anyone who has been to our pre-season games at home will have seen what we’re capable of. They’ll have been entertained and seen what I call proper football.”
Mildenhall have ended the last two seasons in 10th place, and have finished in the top half of the Premier Division table for the last six years, a current run which no other side in the league can match.
Greygoose will be without Brown and Matt Green for the season opener at Ipswich tomorrow, while teenage midfielder Jamie Hilton, who was set to start, is unavailable.
Mildenhall host Fakenham Town for their first home game of the season on Tuesday (7.45pm).
MILDENHALL TOWN’S SUMMER SIGNINGS
Jacob Brown (Diss Town)
Gareth Simpson (Red Lodge)
Luke Parkinson (Newmarket Town)
Matt Hayden (Lakenheath)
Luke Catchpole (Lakenheath)
Harrison Ford (Needham Market Reserves)
Joe Asensi (Soham Town Rangers)
Callum Kearns (Bury Town)
Luke Butcher (Lakenheath)
Mark Shadrack (Diss Town)