Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-29

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NEWS&MAIL Danny Searle tried to sign Ricky Miller, pictured here playing for Port Vale, in January Searle would still love to make Miller a hot Shot PETE STONIER ALDERSHOT MANAGER SAYS ‘WATCH THIS SPACE’ AS PROLIFIC STRIKER RICKY REMAINS ON HIS RADAR AHEAD OF PRE-SEASON By KAYLEE SECKINGTON of getting a big crowd to boost finances, there is little point in having a showcase fixture. “We have planned for nine and seven of those have been agreed in principle but we can’t do any more until we have clarificat­ion,” Searle said. “Part of pre-season at our level is having a big game, the first home game like we did last year against Portsmouth, but there’s no point without fans.” Everyone at Aldershot is playing their part as the club looks ahead to next season and Searle reserved particular praise for club photograph­er Ian Morsman. “Having Ian there to take pictures when we sign players makes it a special occasion,” Searle said. “Ian is a great guy and has volunteere­d his services this year – he refused to take a fee from the club. “He wanted his salary to go towards the player budget. He wanted to do something for the club and I can’t thank him enough. He didn’t have to do it but he said he wanted the club to put the money towards players.” then some of the lads who we are talking to, who don’t have clubs, have come in for a kick around. “I’m conscious of it being a very congested season and I should imagine we will be playing twice a week in three weeks out of four. I don’t want them to blow a gasket before the first game of the season. “We will start full pre-season either Monday or the following Monday, depending on how the meetings go over the next few days. “I’d like to think there’s a valid reason why they [the National League] haven’t made a decision yet and I know there’s a lot of concern over letting spectators in stadiums. Most clubs at our level can’t afford to run without some kind of income coming in. “But from a selfish point of view, as a manager I just want some clarity so I can plan and be prepared.” And while the Shots have provisiona­lly agreed up to nine preseason friendly opponents, Searle admits it is all theoretica­l until there is a season start date. He also added that with no hope look going forward, but if Ricky Miller was available of course I’d want to sign him. “He is a prolific goalscorer and I’d love to have him in the building, and I’ve never made a secret of that. I said that in January, when we first tried to get him in, and I think it’s a ‘watch this space’ kind of situation.” While the majority of leagues have set a date when the 2020-21 season is due to start, the National League have been more cagey, with midSeptemb­er to early-October their proposed period for a return. But Searle believes it will be towards the latter end of that window before competitiv­e football gets underway, and so the Shots are yet to start pre-season training. “There’s still a bit of scepticism about when the league will start,” the Shots boss said. “I don’t think we will start on September 12. I think it will probably be the first week in October so to start pre-season now would give us 10 or 11 weeks of preseason, which is too long. “What we are doing at the moment is putting optional sessions on and kaylee.seckington@reachplc.com @surreylive­sport MANAGER DANNY Searle has told Aldershot Town fans to ‘watch this space’, admitting he would love to sign former Dover Athletic, Peterborou­gh United and Port Vale striker Ricky Miller. Searle explained that he had tried to sign the 31-year-old in January and would still welcome bringing Miller to the EBB Stadium – if the striker is available. Miller, who is seen as a bad-boy of non-league football due to various run-ins with the police, revealed last month he left his last club, Port Vale, in 2019 due to mental health problems. But with an undeniably fantastic goals-to-games ratio, Searle still holds hope Miller might join the Shots. “Every single time we say we’re going to announce a player, I get 500 messages saying ‘is it Ricky Miller?’” Searle laughed. “We need confirmati­on of what his availabili­ty is and how that will Published by Reach Southern Media Ltd, at Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1QA. Registered at the Post Office as a newspaper. Printed at Reach Printing Services (Watford) Ltd, St Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordsh­ire, WD24 7RG PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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