Seagulls classed as outsiders

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.

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“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.

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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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