Ian Hughes and his First Team Squad return to training tomorrow, after a well deserved seven week break from Football. On the eve of the reunion Hughsey shared his thoughts with atfc.org.uk:
"We as a squad can’t wait to get started again! The last few weeks have felt like months, after losing the Europa League Play Off Final in May. I am looking forward to welcoming the players in over the next few days and as we look forward to the season ahead.
Sustainability has been key since I arrived at the club and I am happy to report that we have kept the nucleus of the squad that has served us so well over the last couple of seasons, and every player I wanted to keep has decided to stay, which is a big plus for us.
We have also added Lee Surman, Rhys Griffiths and Darren Thomas to the Squad. It goes without saying that we have gone for experienced players with a winning mentally to hopefully take us to the next level. Much of the squad have played with Lee and Rhys in the past, so I don’t see any need for a "bedding in" period, and I expect the team to hit the ground running next season.
Of course much of how we get on in the first few games will depend on the next six weeks and if the Players' attitude and work rate is what it has been in the last couple of pre seasons, I see no reason why we can’t have another good start to the season. We will have a look and tweak a few things over the first few games of pre-season, with our focus solely on the game at Llandudno on the 22nd of August."
Town's Pre Season Friendly list is more or less completed, and the Black and Greens start their Friendlies at Barmouth two weeks tomorrow. The full list of friendlies is as as follows:
Saturday 18th July (ko 2.30pm) Barmouth & Dyffryn (away)
Saturday 25th July (ko 2.30pm) Llangefni Town (home)
Saturday 1st August (ko 2.30pm) Caersws (away)
Saturday 8th August (ko 2.30pm) Porthmadog (away)
Friday 14th August (ko 7.30pm) Haverfordwest County (away)