03:00PM, Saturday 29 June 2019
Marlow FC manager Mark Bartley has stressed that it is all about how his side adjust during pre-season to the potential incomings and outgoings from the club this summer.
The Blues boss already confirmed that last seasons top scorer Kameron English has moved on, while centre-back Adam Richards and goalkeeper Simon Grant are both looking to try their hands further up the footballing pyramid.
“There will be a few new faces – we will start to put pen to paper on some of them,” said Bartley.
“In my mind it was more of a case of evolution not revolution. I don’t think we needed to do too much. I think when you have the season that we had you’ll always lose one or two.
“Kameron English has moved onto Hendon and during the course of pre-season Adam Richards and Simon Grant will be seeing how they get on at National League south level. Those are the three we lose almost immediately and that will have an impact on us. You lose your top scorer, you lose GK and centre half. We’ve got a bit of work to do there and those are the areas we are prioritising.”
Marlow began their pre-season preparations on Tuesday and Bartley explained that the importance is making sure those players who come in and the squad in general can adjust quickly for what he believes will be a ‘tough’ season.
“There will be signings,” added Bartley
“It’s just a case of the pen not hitting the paper yet. I look at the season and I think it’s going to be a tough league. I think it will be a bit more level – I think Hayes last year was head and shoulders above everyone in terms of their financial power. I have a belief that teams get built in two-year cycles and I think what we saw last year was the end of a two-year cycle.
“We’ve lost a few players, but it all depends on how quickly we can adjust.
“I’m confident that we will be competitive and have aspirations to win every match so nothing changes there.”
The Marlow boss also outlined his aims for pre-season, with fitness being a key area of work for their busy schedule, which includes a marquee fixture against the Kuwait National side at Bisham Abbey.
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