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Some Words From The Boss

Wednesday 14 August 2013 - 08:40 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | No comments | Used tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ducks Boss Tony Joyce

Ducks Boss Tony Joyce

Manager Tony Joyce shares his thoughts on the eve of the new Calor League season:

Since the heroics of last May and the jubilation of promotion and cup success, we have had a busy pre season.

I am pleased to say that all of last season’s squad (with the exception of Ben Hill) have all stayed with us and signed for 2013/14.

Unfortunately the pre season has not been good for us on the injury front. John 'Fritz' Mulholland will be out for some while as he has an operation to repair damage to his knee, Louis Austin will also be out for some time due to knee cartilage. They both join Lee Bircham who is making progress from his broken leg and hopefully will be able to start light training in October. Top scorer Stacey Field picked up an ankle injury in our first friendly away at Kempston and has missed all of pre season but should not be too far away now from a return. To add to the list Joey Acheampong, Paul Edgeworth and new signing Lee Grace have all picked up minor injuries but hopefully they should be in contention for Saturday's game. Hopefully all the above players will be back and give me a great manager's headache and in being able to select from your full squad.

New Signings

I am pleased to welcome six new players: Dom Petrucci who did well against us for Hadley last year and is a strong wide player with great technique and physical ability. Dean Allen, centre forward from Holmer Green who knows where the goal is scoring 27 last year. Richard Armstrong joins from Newport Pagnell; Richard is a big strong central midfielder who will be a great asset for us.  Also coming from Newport Pagnall is strong left sided defender Keith Williams. Hard working wide player Lee Grace joins from Oxhey Jets and pacey winger Matt Kimani rejoins the club from Leighton Town.

All the players have worked hard and settled in very well in pre season and will provide lots of healthy competition for places in the team.

Pre Season

For myself, Gary and Glyn, the seven weeks we have had with the players has been very good - they have worked hard and already shown a great togetherness which was a tremendous factor for us last year.

The games are more about how players are doing and trying different formations and players in various positions than results in preseason, however it is always good to get the winning mentality so our record is fairly pleasing having lost 4, won 4 with the highlight a 3-0 away win at Premier Division Biggleswade Town.

The Season Ahead

I'm sure you as supporters are very excited for the coming season and a new era back in the Southern League for Aylesbury United.  The players and management echo that and will be doing everything we can to put our stamp on the league. There are lots of games to look forward to, local derbies etc, and we start with a tough opener against last season's beaten playoff finalists Rugby Town.

Joycey (The Gaffer)


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