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It’s a lot more professional

28 June 2013

Craig Jones on pre-season, the new season and the new look at the club

‘It’s good to be back and nice to have the break over the summer, but its back to the main stuff now and something to look forward to.  I’m fit and ready to go after the little setback at the end of the season, but we got that right before we finished.


It was disappointing for me, I’d just got into the team – which did take longer than I would have liked, but I took my chance when it came.  It’s just one of those things in football when you cannot do anything about it because of injury.  Injuries are part of the game.

It made it worse because of the predicament that we were in at the time.  At the time there was the chance that we could have turned it round.  Performance wise we looked to be picking it up at the time, but in the end it was just one of those things that we couldn’t do anything about.

You walk into this place now and there is a massive difference in the club.  The mood in the camp is very good, when you look back to the end of last season, it was all doom and gloom, but you come in now and people have their heads held high.  There is massive changes being made, not just on the field, but there are a lot of things happening around the ground and the new owners are moving the club forward.  The club was so close to going out of business, but you look around now and its exciting times for us all.

We’ve come back and only know the seven of us, that’s football – people do move on, and now it’s down to the gaffer to get the right set of lads in.  He’s on with that and hopefully we can all jell together and kick on.

At the moment, there is a different face in every day, but it’s always like that for the first couple of weeks, I’m pretty sure he gaffer knows who his main targets are and it won’t be too long before we start seeing a side coming together.

We’ve seen the trialist’s coming in and we make them all feel welcome whilst they are in, but the gaffer doesn’t tell us who his targets are.  We all need to be multi-lingual at the moment and there are quite a few foreign lads about the club at the moment, but that’s part of football.

Pre-season so far has been tough with a lot of double sessions, but that’s all done for a reason.  Hopefully we will see the benefits going forward.  We haven’t been running up steep hills yet, hopefully those days have gone.  We’ve done a lot of ball work in and out of runs.  We all know pre-season is tough, it’s never easy, but you get what you need out of it.

The main thing is to get fit and strong and to be ready for that first league game.  We haven’t set targets, this is going to be a completely different side this season, and a lot will depend on what players we can bring in.  My own ambition is to kick on and do as well as we can.  We can all see the changes that are happening around the place, and that’s the feeling amongst everyone.

It’s a massive season for me personally; I want to carry on where I left off.  The gaffer spoke to me towards the end of the season and explained his reasons and told me that this season I can play a big part, hopefully I can do that.

I need to kick on this season and be a really big player for the club.  I need to get some goals as well.  I had a couple of chances last season but only scored one but that’s something I definitely want to change.

There is a lot more enthusiasm amongst every one.  It’s definitely a lot more professional.  I don’t have to tell anyone that, all you have to do is come down and look.  Come down and get your season tickets and look, it’s amazing.  The fans forum was good the other night, we are getting fans at the training ground – it’s just exciting what’s going on here.’

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