Colin Myers, manager of Ebac Northern League First Division club Consett, has re-built nearly the full team during the summer.
Myers took over halfway through last season, but had to wait until the season ended before he could rejuvenate the squad at Belle View.
“We’ve had to re-build during the summer, something which needed doing,” he said. “Nine or ten players have left, but there are still some very good ones at the club, especially our two top scorers from last season, Luke Sullivan and Michael Mackay.
“I’ve tried to bring players in who will fit into what we’re trying to do, and have got Northern League experience. Players like Peter Jeffries and Dan Hawkins have played in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, for example, but they started in the Northern League. Sometimes players who come into the Northern League from up above sometimes don’t have that experience and don’t know what to expect.”
Myers has recruited keeper Peter Jeffries and midfielder Dan Hawkins from Blyth Spartans, midfielder Kieran Megran from Sunderland RCA, keeper Ryan Graham from Crook Town, defender Glen McLane from Bishop Auckland, youngster Jake Cairns from Willington and striker Michael Sweet from Billingham Synthonia.
“Michael scored a lot of goals in a team that got relegated last season, so hopefully we should get a lot of goals from him and our other two main forwards.
“We are aiming for promotion in the new season. Our chairman, Frank Bell, is very ambitious, and he wants the club to progress. I’m fully in agreement with that, if he’d said that he wanted to win the Northern League for the next ten years, I probably wouldn’t have come to Consett. He made all the right noises, and hasn’t made false promises. He says that he wants to win the Northern League and take promotion to the NPL.
“But we know that it will be a difficult league to win, there are some very good teams in the Northern League. But what is obvious, is that all the teams who did well last season in the league were well-organised teams, and we aim to be like that.”