Bloor hopeful Wilson will remain in the Town dugout

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Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor hopes to have his trusted assistant Garry Wilson with him in the dugout for next season.

Wilson arrived as a surprise replacement for former Town number-two Danny Simmonds - who decided to prolong his playing career with Eastbourne United.

Wilson is easily Eastbourne’s most successful manager following more than decade at Priory Lane.

His appointment as Town’s assistant surprised many at the time and after half a season with the club, Bloor will be keen to keep the experienced Scot alongside him as the club make plans for a promotion push next season.

“We have not spoken about it to be honest.” Bloor said. “Obviously I would want Garry involved because he makes a huge contribution. His experience and what he’s achieved speaks for itself.

“We went to watch Hailsham against Rye the other day and the subject didn’t even come up. We see each other at Brighton because our boys are involved in the set-up there. Whether we will speak about it next time, I’m not sure. I don’t know if it’s a conversation we need to have or not.”

Whether or not Wilson stays or goes, one addition Bloor is keen to make is a central midfielder to his squad.

The boss is delighted with his attackers and feels Dan Smith, Evan Archibald and Danny Curd gives him the right blend of striking options. Defensively Town have been pretty sound thanks largely to veteran Ben Austin while ‘keeper Josh Pelling has also impressed. But the boss is on a quest to find a main man in the middle of the park.

“I think that will help us improve and get us to the next level. Matt Aldred was doing a superb job for us until Eastbourne Borough, rightly in my mind, called him back. Matt has proved to be one of Borough’s most consistent players and he was doing that job for us. We really missed him and next season that is an obvious area we need to strengthen. However midfielders like Matt are as rare as hen’s teeth!”

Overall Bloor was pleased with the season and rated it as seven out of 10.

“We produced some good stuff. we had a decent run of 10-11 games unbeaten and we had a great 2-0 win against the champions Dulwich at the Saffrons. Chipstead was also a great performance and for personal reasons the 3-0 result at Worthing was excellent for me.

“It’s been a decent season but there is certainly room for improvement.”