Seagulls classed as outsiders

PUBLISHED: 15:10 30 June 2011

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WESTON have again been placed as big outsiders to win the Blue Square South next season by bookmakers.

Punters can get odds as long as 33/1 on the Seagulls taking the league title following a 12th-place finish last season.

Such odds hardly suggest national bookmakers believe in the team’s target for the play-offs, instead sensing a relegation struggle.

But the opinions do not worry the team’s assistant boss John Haile, who says his side revel in their underdog status.

He said: “I’m pleased with those odds because it means there is little or no expectation on the team and no-one will be talking about us.

“Meanwhile, we believe we have a realistic target of reaching the league play-offs, we really don’t fear anyone.”

Tonight (Thurs), the players return to training after the summer break at the team’s ground in Winterstoke Road.

They were joined by six players who are on trial following release from football league clubs as big as Stoke City.

Mr Haile said: “We have a solid squad with a few new faces which we look forward to getting back into training. A few more players are coming for trial in an attempt to get signed on and we’re going to take a good look at each one.”

Supporters coming to watch games at the Woodspring Stadium next season have escaped a hike in prices, thanks to a decision by club bosses.

Admittance for adults is still £10, while the price for senior citizens and under-16s has dropped to £6.

Season tickets are priced at £150 for adults and £95 for senior citizens until June 30, £180 and £110 after.

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