Dave Webb, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Swindon Supermarine, is running....
....the rule over triallists as he looks to further shape his squad for the 2012/13 season.
Former Swindon Town trainee and right-back Elliot Knight and Cirencester Town midfielder Tom Etheridge have both trained with `Marine in pre-season, while Calne Town midfielder Jordan Roberts is also attracting the new manager’s interest.
So far ten players have signed for the South Marston side ahead of the upcoming kick-off in August and Webb is also keen to snap up a selection of last year’s players, including Dave Bampton, Ash Edenborough and Danny Allen, who have trained but not yet put pen-to-paper. “We’re looking at a very strong squad but it’s early days yet. We just want to get as much quality as we can,” said Webb.
“We’re in a great position because we’ve got players who want to train with us and show they have the ability to play at that level.
“It’s healthy because we’ve got quality as well as young players that work hard and push themselves. I believe there are players there who can do it at this level given the opportunity.
“I’m not too concerned about the squad at the moment, although I’d like a bit more experience on board.
“It’s those Supermarine lads from last year that I’m keen to tie down - they will add the experience we need.”
Marine host Wantage Town in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday and a number of triallists are expected to feature.
Continued work on the Webb’s Wood Stadium surface means the match will be played on the pitch behind the Supermarine Rugby club house.
“It gives me the first opportunity to see different mixes of players playing together and everyone available will get some time,” added Webb.
“You can do all the pre-season you want, but there’s nothing like games to get you fit.”