Curtis Woodhouse has made a real statement of intent in the past few weeks with a list of quality signings and re-signings and the former professional footballer has his sights set high going into pre-season.
“I’m delighted so far with the business Bridlington Town have done, bringing in Nathan Doyle, Mike Thomson, Danny Stimpson, Shaq Mckenzie and Nathan Modest.
“With Danny and Mike we have added some real leadership qualities into the back 4 and with Mike being 6ft 2 and Danny 6ft 5 they both bring a major threat from set pieces.
“The signing of Nathan Doyle speaks for itself, a real class act and from speaking to him on a regular basis he’s really looking forward to preseason and stamping his authority on this team. Nathan will be brilliant for our younger players and will hopefully inspire them to be better, then yesterday getting Nathan Modest and Shaq Mckenzie boxed off really changed the outlook of our team. It’s now got some real pace and power in the attacking third.
Last season I got really frustrated with how easily we was brushed aside by the better teams in the league and we lacked physicality and were a bit of a soft touch which bugged me because whenever I’ve done anything I’m a balls to the wall type of bloke so to see my team brushed aside and lack any sort of spunk against the big boys was something I wasn’t willing to accept.
“I knew changes had to be made but the five lads I’ve recruited all bring power to the table and now with that injection of pace we have been seriously lacking in the final third I think the supporters are going to really enjoy watching us next season.
“Also it’s a big season for Lewis Dennison, James Faulkner, Archie Brown and James Williamson who are all at a good age and all made a real impact last season in difficult circumstances. Lewis winning Young Player of the Year after some really good consistent performances and James Williamson had become one of the first names on the team sheet.
“Both Archie Brown and James Faulkner showed they are good enough for this level, both Bridlington lads with a renewed dedication and desire but they need to go from being good enough for the level to excelling at the level so I’m looking forward to seeing how all four develop over the season and bringing in some quality and experience around them will only help them progress.
“Obviously, we have lost players and we wish every one of them all the very best but I believe the lads that have come in are a level above the lads that have left so regarding recruitment I’m very happy how it’s gone.
“Looking at my recruitment list we still have two more coming in that are 99% done and I have had lots of calls and recommendations for lads to come to preseason so you never know what that might throw up.
“Like everybody we need some luck with injuries, one thing we never got last year but this pre-season has a different feel to the last one. I think we only have five players in the squad of 22 (Tim Taylor, Andy Norfolk, Chris Jenkinson, Chris Adam and Alex Knaggs) that were here when I first became manager so I finally feel like I’m going into pre-season with “my” squad and one that I’ve recruited and not inherited so as a manager that’s all you can ask for.
“I had a good meeting with our fantastic Chairman Peter Smurthwaite and my coaching staff Mally Parker and Anthony Bowsley at the end of last season and we all agreed that some had ran their course at Bridlington Town and we needed to make changes is we were going to improve and I think we have certainly done that.
“I’m glad to get the majority of my business done early but some may still leave and others may still come in but the core of the squad is pretty much complete with also the addition of Brett Agnew as a coach and Gav Kelly as goalkeeper coach.
“We have some great fixtures lined up in pre-season when I will get a good chance to look at everybody and different systems and scenarios but everything looks in place to have a major improvement on last season.”