As the new-look Eastbourne Borough squad come together for the first time on Saturday, Tommy Widdrington has said he aims to give his players a ‘pre-season like they’ve never had before’.
Widdrington and right-hand man Alan Kimble resume training with the squad this weekend and the Borough boss reveals he, and each of the players, are eager to get back in the saddle.
“I’m really looking forward to it, as are all the lads. We’re looking to give them a pre-season like they’ve never had before and I don’t mean that in a negative way, but Alan and I will just bring very different things to the club.
“It will be tough but it will be enjoyable. I won’t be asking them to do anything that I can’t do myself.
“Where there’s been the European Championships, it’s whetted everyone’s appetite to get back and now they’re all fit and raring to go.”
Focus has moved swiftly away from international football to more domestic matters this week though, with the release of the 2012/2013 fixture list making the coming season seem not that far away.
“We haven’t got that long training before pre-season matches start and then our focus will turn to that trip to Dorchester on August, 18.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I think about the fixtures but you have to play everybody twice, it doesn’t really matter how they come out.
“While I may think it’s odd we play Farnborough twice in the space of two weeks, the fixtures are what they are. Like most managers, I will just look at the next game and take it one match at a time.
“Obviously you look at the festive period with that quick turnaround and I keep an eye out for my former club Salisbury, but there’s not a period that jumps out that I think will be easier or tougher than any other.
“What I can say though it that we’re in the same boat as everyone else and we’re all very optimistic. We just hope the fans will get behind us and be as excited as we are.”
As the season edges closer and closer, two people have demonstrated their commitment to the club – the first being former West Ham United, Bristol Rovers and Barnet defender Anwar Uddin, who signed for the Sports this week.
“Anwar is a very experienced player. He turned down a number of other clubs to come here, some at a higher level than us, which is always a great sign.
“He’s definitely still capable of playing at the level that he has done in the past.”
Secondly, Widdrington himself has also signified his future intent with the club by upping sticks in Southend and opting to live on the South-East coast instead.
“I think it will be beneficial to the club as I can watch reserve games and youth games now, which I haven’t always been able to do in the past.
“A lot of the work I do is by phone or email but it will still be a lot easier to get to training and work on a day-to-day basis.
“It will be good to get immersed in the town and I think it shows commitment from myself that I’m doing so.”