Blues report back for pre-season

Whitby Town in action pre-season action against Darlington in 2011. This summer the Blues will playing Premiership Sunderland and Championship outfit Middlesbrough.
Whitby Town in action pre-season action against Darlington in 2011. This summer the Blues will playing Premiership Sunderland and Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

THE summer holidays are already over for the players of Whitby Town FC.

Darren Williams’ troops returned to pre-season training this week and the Whitby Gazette spoke to the Blues manager ahead of the club’s first get-together of 2012/13.

Williams said: “I am looking forward to getting all the lads back together and getting on with things.

“Hopefully they have all enjoyed their holidays and their time off and they will come back to us recuperated and with an appetite for the new season.

“I’m not old school. I don’t believe in running the players into the ground during pre-season training.

“I don’t think the lads benefit from having the life run out of them, they all have the right attitude and keep themselves fit anyway so I want the emphasis to be on ball work and playing football.

“We have got a good blend of pre-season games lined up and playing the likes of Sunderland and Middlesbrough will encourage my lads to try to play football like they do, which is great for the team.”

Williams has only recently returned from holidaying in Egypt but the Town boss was hard at work trying to recruit potential new signings even during his time away.

Williams added: “Even while I have been away on holiday I have been speaking to and chasing up the players we are looking to bring into the club for next season.

“I am very lucky that the chairman and my coaches Dave Campbell and Dennis Wheeler have been able to look after things while I’ve been away but that isn’t to say that I haven’t spent a lot of my holiday on the phone.

“It is very difficult to get the players you want in because there are a lot of clubs throwing silly money around and players do tend to chase the money.

“However, we have got a number of signings on the horizon, we have got lads lined up but nothing is signed and sealed just yet.

“We are looking to strengthen the squad in all areas but with Jamie Clarke and Andy Appleby having left there are gaps that need filling up-front.

“Apart from Jamie, Andy and Jimmy Beadle – who is in Australia until October – I am expecting all the players who finished last season with us to report back for pre-season.

“As far as I know, nobody else has left the club and all the lads are coming back.”