Last night Curtis Woodhouse added former Grimsby Town teammate Terry Barwick and today he spoke openly about his acquisitions and the season ahead.
Woodhouse commented, “Boxed off my final signing yesterday and if nothing dramatic happens the Bridlington Town squad is complete, we have brought in 11 new players and 10 from last season still remain and some have left the club.
“In all honesty this should of been done last preseason, for various reasons the squad needing ripping up, fresh blood fresh attitudes fresh ambition.
“I felt too many had just slotted into the comfort zone and were just happy to have a Bridlington Town tracksuit on so change was needed.
“Since I took the managers role only 4 players remain from a squad of 21 so I finally feel like I’m going into the new season with my squad that share the same aspirations as myself so that’s a good feeling.
“I think the league is a crazy one with the money around and players taking backwards steps for another £30 I find crazy but that’s the level we operate and Bridlington Town will never be the biggest payers in the league but I have a squad I wouldn’t change for anybody else’s and with the budget we have I think we have plenty of bang for our buck.
“Our chairman Peter Smurthwaite has given me a bit more to play with this season as well as investing in what matters most at this level, the pitch the clubhouse the ground and equipment.
“Too many throw crazy money at players and can’t spend £1 on improving all of the above then cut the budget at Christmas and do it all over again next year, surely sustainability is the key?? Not in some instances unfortunately.
“The extra few pennies has enabled me to bring in some experience and quality in vital areas. With Danny Stimpson coming in at centre back, Nathan Doyle in centre midfield we have put some strength in the spine and with Nathan Modest and Shaq Mckenzie as strikers we have added some much needed pace and power to our attack as last season only Jake day could score us a goal and too often we got pushed off the ball and manhandled and with this squad that ain’t happening.
“The main thing I needed to add was leaders, too many look to the manager in times of trouble but when you have a few leaders in the squad they deal with the situation themselves and with Danny Stimpson, Nathan Doyle, Mike Thompson Terry Barwick added to the squad we now have a squad that will demand high standards from each other and that’s what you need.
“As we are about to embark on another season in the NCEL I wish everybody good luck in the fight for second place! I look forward to plenty of banter plenty of arguments but most importantly we all share a beer after the game win lose or draw because it’s only a game of football. “