Miles Rutherford is on the hunt for ‘fresh blood’ as he prepares for a busy summer of improvement to his Moneyfields squad.
Rutherford was unhappy with the lack of players at his disposal towards the end of this season, after seeing his initial 24-man squad cut in half by injury, illness and unavailability.
The Wessex League premier club suffered as a consequence – unexpectedly losing a Portsmouth Senior Cup final to Hampshire Premier League underdogs Baffins Milton Rovers 4-2 at Fratton Park.
And Rutherford is now targeting more faces – and quality – in order to improve on his side’s respectable ninth-place league finish.
He said: ‘We need to get some fresh blood into the club.
‘Some players will stop playing and others will leave.
‘We have lacked some quality players throughout the campaign and we did not have enough for the big few games of the season.’
Rutherford and his men endured a disappointing campaign after being kicked out of the FA Vase, deducted six points for fielding an eligible player and losing the Portsmouth Senior cup final.
Preparations for the new season have already begun in earnest, though, with their Dover Road pitch re-seeded and a friendly against Farnham Town confirmed on Thursday July 24.
But it is clear where Rutherford believes his priorities lie.
‘We are trying to improve the squad at the moment.’ he said.
‘We are speaking to other clubs and hope to bring in players from the start of pre-season.’
‘We have to finish a few things up behind the scenes but after that we can start preparing for next season.’
‘We can then hopefully look push up the league.’
– JAMES OXENHAM