Welwyn Garden City after roaring start against Tigers
PUBLISHED: 08:23 05 August 2015
Welwyn Garden City boss Adam Fisher cannot wait for the start of the new SSML Premier Division season on Saturday against London Tigers following his side’s promotion and double winning achievements of the last campaign.
Here are his thoughts on pre-season and the campaign ahead.
“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge this year in the SSML Premier, the club has always historically been a step five side and we are all delighted we’re back where we think this club belongs - for now.
“Everything is now in place for the club to continue to progress on and off the pitch so we certainly don’t just want to accept that we are going to be just a step five side again for the next 10 years.
“This is no different to when I started two years ago, I had a two-year plan to get promoted and we achieved that with building a side good enough and adding extra quality to take us to promotion.
“I look at this year as a building year, to assemble a good quality squad that will be competitive in a very tough league, a good run in the FA competitions and maybe some more silverware in the league cups.
“We have built a winning culture at the club and although we have lost four players that were instrumental last year we have replaced them with some very good players while still adding in the areas we felt we needed to improve.
“We have signed players with step four-five experience which will be a huge boost for us as a squad.
“We obviously will need time to gel and find our feet as a group at this level.
“If by the New Year we are in a position to challenge then of course we will re-evaluate and give it a real go although I am not naïve enough to think what Kings Langley did last year was a monumental effort and one that would be realistically very difficult to replicate.
“This league as a manager is new to me, but I’m fully aware there are some big clubs with big expectations this year after being in the league a while and will be fighting and scrapping for every point to try and be the side to come out on top and promotion to step four.
“I think AFC Dunstable, London Colney, Hertford Town and Hoddesdon are all sides with good experience in the league and have all competed well and fully expect those four to be the teams we will all be chasing.
“On our day we will be a match for anyone and as long as we continue to improve on our winning habit and mentality at the club then I will be happy and if we indeed can be competitive then it will set us up next year to give it a real go.
“Pre-season has been very good but eventful, Andy Wiseman has come on board as our fitness and conditioning coach and has bought a new level of professionalism to the club - something as a manager I will always strive for.
“The lads look fit and sharp and we have competed well in all our friendlies with three wins and two defeats, but loads of minutes for everyone and integrating new players as quickly as possible into a system and style of play.
“Obviously the injury to Sean Brettell knocked us, but he has now started his recovery after a successful operation and myself and the club have done their bit in supporting Sean mentally and financially.”
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