Positive start for Weston's new faces
PUBLISHED: 20:27 06 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2010
GREAT to be back" and chuffed to bits." These were just two of the positive comments from the players at the Woodspring Stadium last
GREAT to be back" and "chuffed to bits." These were just two of the positive comments from the players at the Woodspring Stadium last Saturday when manager Tony Ricketts and his assistant Chris Smith got their squad together for the start of pre-season training.Almost 30 players turned up for training, as the new manager's retained players, newly signed players, trialists and youth team players, blended together to enjoy a positive first day's training under the watchful eye of the new coaches.Newly signed midfielder Barry McConnell explained how pleased he was to be back at the Woodspring, saying: "It's great to be back. When I realised that the Tony Ricketts wanted to talk to me with a view to bringing me back to the Woodspring, I was very impressed with his extremely positive outlook, I like the people here at Weston and the overall set-up and I look forward to a positive season all round".Manager Ricketts new recruits Lewis Powell and Ben Willshire, signed from Bristol Rovers and Taunton Town respectively, added to the positive vibes, echoing how impressed they were with the Woodspring Stadium set up and saying that they were "chuffed to bits to be at Weston", and that they "can't wait to get started", and "to show what we can do," all of which will be music to the ears of the Weston fans.Summing up a positive first day of training, the new manager said: "Every single one of us has something to prove; the management staff, the coaching staff, the players who were here last season, the new players, those young pros who were released by other clubs, all of us are hungry, and all of us are here with something to prove".The Seagulls have announced that prices for the visit of a Bristol Rovers XI to the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday, July 28, kick-off 3pm, will be: Adults £5; OAPs and students £3, under 16s £2. Children under five will be admitted free.Plymouth Argyle visit on Wednesday, July 11, and gates open at 6pm, for what is expected to be a popular game for fans and supporters of both clubs.The club have announced that they are to play Taunton Town in a further pre-season friendly at Woodspring Stadium, on July 24 (kick off: 7.30pm).They are still negotiating with Football League clubs and are hopeful of announcing a further home friendly soon.