Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington has proved he is planning for the future after extending the contracts of six of his current crop of players, with more potentially in the pipeline.
Creative midfielder Chris Shephard is the most recent player to commit his future to the club, signing on until the end of the 2013/14 campaign to the delight of many Borough supporters.
He joins captain Ollie Rowe, ‘keeper Danny Potter, Adam Watts, Charlie Gorman and Frankie Raymond who have all signed on the dotted line to keep them at the club until the end of next season, showing the Priory Lane faithful that the Borough boss in already thinking beyond the current campaign.
Widdrington said, “I always said that after Christmas I wanted to get contracts sorted.
“We’ve agreed six so far and there are another three or four within the squad that I’m currently in talks with and hope to get sorted shortly.
“I intend to be here for a long time and I want to keep the players that I’ve worked with and keep the stamp that I’ve put on the team.
“The football club is still evolving but we’ve got a larger group of better players now than at any other time I’ve been at the club and I want to keep them.
“Fans will get excited if we string a couple of good results together because we’ll fly up the standings but at the same time, they’ll get a bit worried if we lose a couple and plummet down the table.
“As the manager, my remit for this season is to steady the ship. If we go on a good run and into the top half of the table, that’s great, but the main aim is to stabilise.
“That’s not to say we don’t go out there trying to win every game, because we do, but we have to play within the frame we’ve got.”
Attentions will hopefully return back to the on-field action this weekend as Borough look to play their first league game in three weeks following the postponements of matches against Dorchester Town, Hayes and Yeading United and Chelmsford City due to the adverse weather.
Snow and ice permitting, Widdrington and his men will travel to Staines on Saturday who, although sitting level on points with the Sports, have played four games more than most teams around them and have only won one of their last 12 domestic meetings.
He said, “Staines are a club that have changed immeasurably too with their new manager and have some fresh new players in their team.
“We’ll travel there trying to win but, if we cannot do that, we’ll try not to lose.”
Eastbourne Borough’s postponed Blue Square South fixture at Chelmsford has been re-arranged to March 25.