Toolstation Western League
Published 8th July 2011
....League Division One East side Stoke Gabriel, but manager Gary Fisher says he has three potential signings lined up to replace him.
The Seasiders returned for their first pre-season session on Tuesday night after finishing the season at the start of May. The Sandy Lane outfit ended last season's Western Premier Division campaign in sixth spot, with Fisher taking over in November following the resignation of Adam Kerswell.
And after casting his eye over his players' first training session in six weeks, the player-manager said he liked what he saw.
Fisher said: "It went well. They all turned up bar one – that was Clay Bond who has gone to Stoke Gabriel.
"That is a bit of a blow because he was my captain and a good player too, but we just have to move on.
"I'm not sure who is going to get the armband instead – probably Craig Fenner because he is a full-hearted and committed player who other guys can follow.
"So yes, it isn't ideal, but I'm sure the players can get over it and we will move on and recover from it.
"I have three new players training with us but I can't really say who they are yet until they either sign or don't sign and all the paperwork is complete.
"It is looking like two will sign at the minute. I'm confident of landing two of them and I'm working on the third so we'll have to wait and see."
Departing Bond began his career as a promising youngster at Torquay United, before moving on to Plymouth Argyle and Swedish third division outfit Bergs FC.
He signed for Dawlish in 2006 to link up with then Dawlish manager Richard Hancox, who was a youth team coach at Torquay with Bond.
Dawlish begin their new season with a trip to Merthyr Town on Saturday, August 13th. Fisher says he expects his team to be fighting fit for the campaign curtain-raiser, with a particular emphasis being placed on conditioning over the coming weeks.
"The guys are looking pretty good. Some of them are looking like they haven't done anything over the summer but that's good because the body does need a rest," said Fisher. "I would like us to be fit by August and totally match-fit by September.
"You can peak too early though – I know some teams who went back to training in early June and they could be burnt out by Christmas.
"It was nice to have the time off obviously but it's also nice to be back again and I want us to get really fit now."