Published 15th July 2011
Eaton has lost Glen Hawkins, Jon Douglas and Jon Darby from last season`s squad, but the majority of the others have agreed to stay.
Eaton said: “All of the management team have been enthused not only by the numbers we have had attend pre-season training but the quality that has been on show and many are local players.
“Matt Hayward, supported by the coaching staff, have put on really good sessions which have been hard but the feedback from the players has been really positive and, despite sometime numbers exceeding forty, the organisation has been first class.
“Our numbers have of course been swelled by the input Matt Bundey has had, it’s a testimony to him at the amount of players who have decided to come to Aylesbury FC because he has joined the club and already his enthusiasm is giving the place a real buzz.
“Our first two fixtures will predominately for new players and triallists but we will be giving both games the respect they deserve and I am sure the players involved will be keen to show they should be in our final squad. Our plan is to choose the squad that we will aim to start the season after our friendly with Stevenage.
“Most of last season’s squad have committed for the coming season but we have lost a few players from last year. Sid Hawkins has decided to go back to Woodford United, which is easier for him geographically. Jon Douglas is concentrating on his career in financial services and Jon Darby has unfortunately had to move to Cambridge for work reasons. Darbs is particularly a blow to us as we had already agreed terms and he was looking forward to getting a good pre-season behind him.
“All have handled themselves in a professional first class manner and the door will always be open for them to rejoin us when circumstances are right for them individually. Although we will miss these players it gives an opportunity for others and we have been working hard to bring in players with both the right quality and attitude.”