02:00PM, Sunday 07 July 2019
Scorching temperatures blessed Marlow FC’s first pre-season match of the summer but it wasn’t just on the pitch that the club was busy, as the Blues made goalkeeper Chris Rackley their first signing of the close season.
The former Basingstoke and Thatcham Town keeper becomes Mark Bartley’s first recruit for the new campaign and Bartley is confident the shot-stopper can fill the gloves left by the departing Simon Grant.
“I’ve known Racks since I started managing at Reading Town eight years ago. He’s a good keeper, physically very good and he’s come in and worked very hard in the first week and I’m glad to have him on board.
“As always, trying to replace someone like Simon Grant will always be big gloves to fill but I think Racks is capable of coming in and building his own solid reputation and that’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in the coming months.”
The signing comes as Marlow kicked off their pre-season matches against Reading City and the Blues boss was pleased with how the side looked during their first week back on the pitch.
“It went very well- players worked really hard,” added Bartley.
“Probably a few heavy legs at the end of the week but the first team training sessions went really well and I’m really pleased with the effort. I’m really pleased with the way they are looking and the shape that the squad has come back in and we’ve had a few trialists as well and I’ve been impressed with the physical condition of some of them as well but I’ve let them know early that we would do a lot of physical work so they’ve obviously come prepared.
“I’ve been quite pleased with the effort of the guys that has come in and one or two of them in particular will probably be able to do a job for us at some stage this year.”
Marlow have a full week of training in the lead up to their next pre-season fixture which see's them take on the Kuwait National Team on Friday, July 12.
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