Morsley under no pressure to bolster his squad

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Mark Morsley feels he is under no pressure to bring in a host of new players because of the abundant talent in his Needham Market youth set-up.

In what has been a relatively quiet summer at Bloomfields, former Bury Town midfielder Danny Cunningham has proved the Marketmen’s only notable addition following a season that culminated in Ryman League Division One North play-off semi-final heartache.

But ahead of a first pre-season encounter away at Lowestoft Town tomorrow (3pm), the manager is far from concerned by the lack of transfer activity.

He has put his faith in the club’s burgeoning academy set-up, which returned this week with a quota of 33 players involved, including a new third-year scholar system.

“I didn’t feel a need to have to make wholesale changes to the squad,” he said. “I have got a core first-team squad and then a third-year academy to lean on when needed.

“My blue print has always been to have a host of former professionals who can in turn help the youngster develop.

“We will be looking at a number of those young players to really kick on this season and that will be the approach.

“You only have to look at the development of Kieron Morphew to see how it can work and there are others like Brendan Heath and Adam Mills who have something to offer and could have the same impact this year.

“I will be taking a look at them over a deliberately difficult pre-season schedule to see how they shape up and for me that is the most sustainable approach we can take.”

n Needham have been handed home ties for the opening rounds of the FA competitions. Fellow Ryman One North outfit Soham Town Rangers will visit Bloomfields in the FA Cup preliminary round on August 30, while in the FA Trophy they will host Walton and Hersham.