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Busy summer for Flackwell Heath with extra promotion places up for grabs next year

With the possibility of extra promotion places to aim at next season, Flackwell Heath manager Paul Shone says it’s vital the club adds extra quality to last season’s squad.

The Heathens finished third behind champions Thame United and Bracknell Town last season and, although Shone expects the league to be even more competitive next year – with Windsor joining the fray – he says there could be two, or even three, promotion places up for grabs depending on the outcome of various league restructures.

Two senior players are set to leave the Heathens this summer, having revealed their intentions to the management team, but Shone is also set to strengthen both on the field and off it with four or five new players set to sign while an ex-pro is likely to join the management team.

“I don’t want to lose any players from my squad but I respect their decision and the door is always open for them to come back,” said Shone.

“They were honest enough to tell me of their plans and we’ve recruited on the basis of that.

“We’re definitely bringing in four or five players and maybe another couple as well before the season starts.”

Of the players Flackwell are set to bring into the fold, one scored 20 plus goals in the Southern League Central Division last season and it’s that calibre of player Shone reckons he’ll need to take the club up.

“We’re looking to add to the quality we’ve got in the squad,” he added.

“The league will be more competitive but there will be more to aim at as well with two, possibly three, teams going up.”

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