LISS ATHLETIC manager Rich Bessey wants to bring the good times back to the Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier Club.
The side finished third-from-bottom last season and narrowly escaped relegation, but the boss has recruited heavily during the summer months.
He has brought in a number of players with Wessex League experience to bolster the basis of last season’s squad.
And Bessey is convinced there will be a different feel about Liss in the forthcoming season.
‘When I came to the club in February they were bottom of the league with just five wins from 22 games,’ he said.
‘We managed to keep them up and now we are looking to ensure we have a far better season.
‘The long-term ambition is to take the club back into the Wessex League and put something into our empty trophy cabinet.’
Bessey has gone back to his old club Horndean to recruit Perry Easton and Craig Ralph, while Nick Howe has arrived from AFC Portchester.
Two major signings include former Fareham Town midfielder Tommy Woodward and striker Alex Miroy, who’ve had spells with Moneyfields and Horndean.
Meanwhile, Aiden Smallbones, Sean Oliver, Lee Bedden, Jack Clark, Stuart Maunder and Matt Andrews have all re-signed from last season.
Bessey believes the club possesses the infrastructure to move up if they can get it right on the pitch.
‘It is a well-run club with an excellent youth structure, said Bessey.
‘We are one of only two teams in our league with floodlights.
‘Our changing rooms are probably the best but we do need to build a stand with seating areas.
‘If we are in or around the top four at Christmas I am sure the backing is at the club to provide what we need.
‘We are determined this is going to be a good year at the club.’
Liss begin their pre-season friendlies back at Bessey’s old club, Horndean, this weekend (5pm).
They couldn’t have been handed a tougher start to their Premier League campaign, with last season’s champions – Hamble Club – the visitors on Saturday, August 1.
In the league cup, Liss have home advantage against division one outfit Broughton.
– KEVIN RICKETTS