NEW Southam United manager Richard Kay says that the real work starts now, as the club prepares for its comeback season in the Hellenic League Division Two (North).
The Saints will be headed by Kay, a former player at the club, with Kevin Squirrell as assistant manager and Wayne Goss as director of football, while former Kettering Town centre-half Brandon Smith and Ben Tennant have been appointed as captain and vice-captain respectively.
With the final touches being made to the new squad for the upcoming season, which will consist of a high proportion of young, local players, Kay admits he is excited to see his new charges tear it up at Southam’s new home at Bobby Hancocks Park.
“After two years away, everybody associated with the club is excited to be part of the re-launch of the Men’s First team,” he said.
“It has been a year’s work behind the scenes for everyone involved with the first team and it will be a proud moment in the clubs history.”
Southam start their pre-season campaign against Nuneaton Griff, a club close to Kay after being club captain there during his playing days.
He says that the signs so far from training have been positive, and urges the town of Southam to get behind their new first team for their first game back.
“The early signs are very promising and with every training session we look more and more cohesive,” said Kay.
“We are venturing into the unknown with most of the squad having never played together before but it’s going to be exciting to see this group of players gel and develop over the coming weeks and months.
“The Griff had a tough season last year but I fully expect them to bounce back this coming season under the management of Iain and Adam.
“It should be a great game and hopefully the town and local community come down to support the relaunch.”