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Management preview - Eastleigh, home friendly

By David Hamlet

The first pre-season game of the new campaign

“Taken from STFC website”

Rebels have so far had three training sessions and are generally pleased with what we have seen.

In terms of attitude to pre-season, it seems to get a bit more relaxed each season, and the reason is players tend to look after themselves so much in the off-season, it therefore does not take them long to get back up to speed.

Importantly they will try a number of things in pre-season this year that we might not otherwise get the chance to do - this might be to play players out of position, look at trialists, try different formations, and even with things like set-pieces, work on a couple per game so that the management team can get a bit more familiarity with them. They might even get to a point that we go down to 10 men in a game to replicate having a player sent off.

Of course Rebels would still like to win games, and the way they are as a team in terms of competitiveness they will still try to do this, however in reality they are not going to worry about the results.

Rebels will welcome the new signings Max Worsfold and Ryan Bird, and it is hoped to add a third to this after the game (he will play a part on Tuesday). They also have a couple of trialists playing in Joe Grant and Adam Richards.

Joe, who previously played for Rebels a few years ago when he was very young, has been developing very well and comes in off the back of an excellent season with Bracknell Town. He can play in a wide or forward position. The management team will also look at Adam, who is a local lad and was recently playing at Marlow last season. He is either a centre half or full back.

Sam Togwell will miss the next two games as he is away on holiday, whilst Manny Williams picked up a slight toe injury and will probably just train, and Josh Jackman will be absent due to a adductor issue that might mean he misses a few weeks of pre-season.

Certain players will miss various parts of the pre-season campaign, and in reality at this stage they are just told that getting in the side for the first game of the season is down to them, and therefore the more they miss in terms of games and training sessions the harder it will be for them.

Squad from: Jack Turner, Sean Fraser, George Wells, Adam Richards, Guy Hollis, Mark Nisbet, Warren Harris, Max Worsfold, Joe Grant, TBC, Lee Togwell, Simon Dunn, Matthew Lench, Ryan Bird, Dan Roberts, Ben Harris and Francis Amartey.

Updated 08:21 - 9 Jul 2019 by David Hamlet

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