Pre-Season Underway - The Manager's View
1st Team manager Jon Egen has given the club website a look at how things have started with the 2015/2016 pre-season.
"Saturday's 1st double 3 hour session was great! A mixture of 16 first team players plus reserves, and local county U16's took part in 2 sessions both based on getting the ball down and playing through the thirds."
"This will be a big focus of our pre-season, enabling the lads to play more and be more patient in play. Fitness will also be built into these sessions too, but all ball based."
"New head coach Adam Laidlaw put on 2 very thought out sessions which received positive feedback from the players."
"We will continue to involve Reserve and U16 players in our sessions, and indeed Callum Brooks U17 will train with us all season long."
"The squad is taking shape nicely, with only Adam Shanks joining Ashington, an Jonny Colley and Stephen Hogg leaving through work commitments. Local lads have been brought into the 1st team permanently as in said form of Lee Dundas, Dale Kennedy, Adam Jobson, James Jackson, Rob Baker and Callum Brooks."
"Lads from Wansbeck area, Kris and Josh Willis, Chris Glass, Davey Stewart, Calum Donohoe. Along with the rest of last year's squad all re-signing, Tony Brown named once again as Club Captain."
"Training will continue in the same vein and the games are coming soon. First up is AFC Newbiggin on July 11th, being played at Ashington Tech College."