Familiar faces form backbone of Grantham Town squad for next season

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
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Grantham Town’s squad for the 2014-15 campaign looks like being pretty much unchanged from last season.

Joint managers Wayne Hallcro and Jimmy Albans have retained the majority of the team that finished strongly at The Meres last season.

Goalkeeper Dan Haystead has re-signed, as have Sam Purcicoe, Paul Lister, Deon Meikle, Lee Potts, Michael Towey, Rhys Lewis, Kieran Walker, Jack McGovern, Paul Grimes, Gregg Smith and Jordan Hempenstall.

Albans said: “To have settled with so many players is a massive boost for us. Everyone saw the potential at the end of the season and we want to work with that when we start pre-season on June 28.”

The only new signing the managerial pair have made so far is that of Phil Watt who makes a welcome return once again to the Gingerbreads.

Albans said: ““Watty has been someone we wanted to bring back for a while. He has had 18 months away and will have learnt more, so we think we are getting a better player back.

“Everything about what is happening at the club and his time here before persuaded him to play his football here again. He has played some of the best football of his career so far while here and knows he is appreciated by everyone.”

Albans and Hallcro plan to only make a few more additions to the squad they already have.

Albans said: “We are not looking at a 20-man squad. We want a strong 16 players who can all fill starting spots. Another three to four players is all we are looking for and we are on the phone daily talking to our targets.”