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Bridlington Town Boss 'Delighted' With Business So Far

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Published at 2:37pm 5th June 2018. (Updated at 2:40pm 5th June 2018)

Bridlington Town manager Curtis Woodhouse says he's 'delighted' with the business the club have done so far.

The Seasiders, who finished ninth in last season's Northern Counties East League, have brought in five new players in the form of Nathan Doyle, Mike Thomson, Danny Stimpson, Shaq Mckenzie and Nathan Modest.

That's in addition to two new coaching staff in goalkeeping coach Gavin Kelly and Brett Agnew who'll work with Brid's strikers. 

On the club's website, Curtis said:

"With Danny and Mike we have added some real leadership qualities into the back 4 and with mike being 6ft2 and Danny 6ft5 they both bring a major threat from set pieces.

The signing of Nathan Doyle speaks for itself, a real class act and from speaking to him on a regular basis he's really looking forward to preseason and stamping his authority on this team.

Nathan will be brilliant for our younger players and will hopefully inspire them to be better.

Getting Nathan Modest and Shaq McKenzie boxed off really changed the outlook of our team.

It's now got some real pace and power in the attacking third. Last season I got really frustrated with how easily we was brushed aside by the better teams in the league and we lacked physicality and were a bit of a soft touch which bugged me because whenever I've done anything I'm a balls to the wall type of bloke so to see my team brushed aside and lack any sort of spunk against the big boys was something I wasn't willing to accept so I knew changes had to be made.

But the five lads I've recruited all bring power to the table and now with that injection of pace we have been seriously lacking in the final third I think the supporters are going to really enjoy watching us next season, faster tempo, more pace more power.

Also it's a big season for Lewis Dennison, James Faulkner, Archie Brown and James Williamson who are all at a good age and all made a real impact last season in difficult circumstances.

Lewis winning young player of the year after some really good consistent performances and James Williamson had become one of the first names on the team sheet.

Both Archie Brown and James Faulkner showed they are good enough for this level, both Bridlington lads with a renewed dedication and desire but they need to go from being good enough for the level to excelling at the level so I'm looking forward to seeing how all 4 develop over the season and bringing in some quality and experience around them will only help them progress.

Again preseason will be open to EVERYBODY connected to the club, all the reserves and county players, all they have to do to stake a claim for an opportunity with the first team is turn up and train on a regular basis, I ask no more.

Obviously we have lost players and we wish every one of them all the very best but I believe the lads that have come in are a level above the lads that have left so regarding recruitment I'm very happy how it's gone.

Looking at my recruitment list we still have two more coming in that are 99% done and I hope to get them over the line this week and I have had lots of calls and recommendations for lads to come to preseason so you never know what that might throw up.

Like everybody we need some luck with injuries one thing we never got last year but this preseason has a different feel to the last one, I think we only have five players in the squad of 22 Tim Taylor , Andy Norfolk , Chris Jenkinson , Chris Adams and Alex Knaggs that were here when I first became manager so I finally feel like I'm going into preseason with "my" squad and one that I've recruited and not inherited so as a manager that's all you can ask for.

I had a good meeting with our fantastic chairman Peter Smurthwaite and my coaching staff Mally Parker and Anthony Bowsley at the end of last season and we all agreed that some had ran there course at Bridlington Town and we needed to make changes if we were going to improve and I think we have certainly done that.

I'm glad to get the majority of my business done early but some may still leave and others may still come in but the core of the squad is pretty much complete with also the addition of Brett Agnew as a coach and Gav Kelly as goalkeeper coach.

We have some great fixtures lined up in preseason when I will get a good chance to look at everybody and different systems and scenarios but everything looks in place to have a major improvement on last season."


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