FanZoner Lee Walker hopes Accrington will use the summer wisely and strengthen before the season starts.
Summer of change again for Stanley
Well here we are yet again, the time of year almost every professional footballer dreads, pre-season training. Our players reported back yesterday after their summer holidays and where put through their paces at our new training facility. After two days of running a few sore legs have been reported which is not a surprise, but luckily the lads have a rest day today.
Yet again our squad will be vastly different to the one that finished the season in May with the likes of Kurtis Guthrie, Liam Willis, Alan Burton, Danny Coid, Sean Hessey and Nat Taylor all having been released. Coid however has been invited to stay on for pre-season training in an attempt to prove his fitness after an injury hit first campaign at the Crown Ground.
No doubt he has the quality and I'm hoping he can prove he has recovered from his season ending knee injury suffered at Dagenham & Redbridge in March. Along with the departure of no less than seven loan players we are rather short on bodies at the moment, however I am confident that the manager has a number of targets in his sights.
New arrivals so far at the mighty Accrington include Toto Nsiala (signed on a permanent deal from Everton), Bohan Dixon (unattached), George Miller (Preston North End) and Lewis Hatch (Liverpool). All look decent signings and I'm hoping they can all make some sort of impact at our club. Hopefully deals can be agreed for Charlie Barnett and Bryan Hughes as currently they are free to talk to other clubs being out of contract.
Our first pre-season friendly is only 10 days away and I personally cannot wait for the season to start. The likes of Will Hatfield, Ryan Hopper, Marcus Carver and Craig Lindfield have all agreed deals to stay which gives the manager a great base to build on. Carver in particular I am excited by following his first team debut late last season.
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