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"Exciting times ahead..." the Gaffer's first summer update

2 months ago By MIKE GREEN

The very latest from Tommy...

The Gaffer had been talking to the official website to confirm the comings and goings from the Mead since the season finished and the exciting times ahead for the coming season in the first of his summer updates...

Tommy told us, "Well now we have finished our first season at our new home, Dartford Football Club, I am very much looking forward to building on what has been a very positive base to build on. I believe we could have finished higher in the league, but on reflection, and with us starting again with another new team in a transitional period, it was a season mainly of positives to build on."

"As a club we start afresh with new targets. After going all last season with just one team representing the club, we now have a reserve/ development team, and five youth teams from the age 18 downwards to strengthen the club and the first team."

"Last season, due to two or three injuries, we went one month with only 12 players, which is unbelievable at this level, but we just got on with it. We were gradually trying to rebuild the club off the pitch after loosing the whole youth section when I first joined the club two seasons ago, and what has been achieved in this short space of time is truly remarkable."

"After riding out a horrendous time, the chairman is now getting the club stronger, and the club will now only move forward from strength to strength on and off the pitch."

"Whilst we are talking about moving on, I would firstly personally like to start by thanking all the following players from last season (despite some getting new offers) who have decided to try pastures new: Lewis Carey, Jake Macintyre, Richard Avery, Ellis Green, Laurent Mendy, Paul Vines and Danny Parrish."

"The following players have been retained by the club to start our new campaign : Max Ovenden, Harvey Brand, Leon Smith, Joe Denny, Williams Danquah, Scott Kinch, Tom O’connor. Bode Anidugbe, Richard Pacquette."

"I have been very patient with my target signings, and after talks and lots of meetings, I have signed three quality players to add to this squad, and will be announcing them shortly. I hope to make it four, but as I have said before, I will have to wait and be patient as I have with the other three before announcing that!"

"I’m not going down the old boring route of “this player has been offered more elsewhere and at a higher level but signed for us “ etc, I will just announce the signings and anyone that knows anything about football will know what quality signings they are and realise our intent for the coming season!"

"Because of our new structure, I am going for quality rather than quantity and I have the belief that our reserve/development team will have the players to push for a game in the first team. This sends the right signals out to them players too that the opportunity will be there for them to aim for!"

"Apologies it has been a bit quiet, but as you can see it has been very busy time on and off the pitch but for the first time since I have been at the club, the future of the club looks a hell of a lot healthier!"

Updated 10:32 - 23 Jun 2018 by MIKE GREEN

Where next?

The Gills are coming... League One neighbours added to pre season
Mead to run Development team Trial date Tuesday 12 June


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