Sussex County Football League
Published 20th June 2012
Manager Simon Funnell has revealed a number of additions at the GAC Stadium, with former Wasps' player Mike Cramp joining as assistant-manager from Kent Invicta League side Hildenborough. Cramp, who played alongside Funnell at Grinstead in 2008 under former boss Steve Johnson, led Hildenborough to the First Division title last season with Andrew McKechnie.
Funnell has also added Jason Knight as physiotherapist, replacing Pam Presland, who retired at the end of last season.
Simon Boddie has also been appointed as reserve team manager from Three Bridges, with Matt Drew coming in to work alongside him as assistant in the Suburban League.
And Funnell is happy with the additions. He said: "I am really pleased with everyone we have brought on board and it is nice to get it all sorted early on.
"I see it as one team with all the players and staff working together and we want Simon and Matt to help us by getting players knocking on the door of the first team."
Meanwhile, Funnell is also looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season in the Sussex County League Division One, which begins on Saturday, August 4th.
Funnell said that he is likely to lose Charlie Tomsett and Aaron Watson from last year's squad, while he said winger Ben Chick would attend pre-season training with Ryman League Premier Division side Bognor Regis Town.
Funnell said: "He will have a few days down there with them to see if anything may happen, but if not then he will come back to us.
"I have started talking to a few others and I am expecting to have a look at a few in pre-season training.
"I am looking forward to getting back to it now and seeing all the boys and having done it all before, it is my turn to put the boys through their paces."
The Wasps' squad is due to return to pre-season training on June 26th, with their first pre-season friendly scheduled for Saturday, July 7th.
And Funnell is hoping for a good season for his side, who finished tenth last season.
He said: "I want to say we can go and win it - everyone should go in thinking that.
"The aim will be to win the league, but if not, then finish as high as we can."