Pos­i­tiv­ity is key

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son in­sists the club are only fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture as they con­tinue to pre- pare for next sea­son. It has been a tough sum­mer for the club, with a num­ber of their key play­ers depart­ing to move else­where.

While that may be the case, Wat­son still re­mains pos­i­tive and is con­fi­dent that it can be an­other suc­cess­ful year for the Silk­men.

“Ev­ery­body’s just buzzing to get back and started again. What­ever has gone on this sum­mer all we can do as a club is look ahead. I’m look­ing for­ward to it for one,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

Orig­i­nally when the lads de­cided to move else- where you’re slightly dis­ap­pointed be­cause you don’t want to lose good peo­ple, but ul­ti­mately it’s given us a chance to start a fresh.

“Per­son­ally, I’m pos­i­tive now, re­ally pos­i­tive and there’s still a lot of work to do, there’s still a lot of good play­ers out there.

“It’s just a case of – as John (Askey) has al­luded to be­fore – be­ing pa­tient, not just bring­ing play­ers in for the sake of it. We’ll have a good num­ber of play­ers to look at in the sum­mer and I’m ex­cited.”

Mac­cles­field have al­ready made a num­ber of sign­ings over the past month, and also have sev­eral tri­al­ists train­ing with the club this week.

Wat­son was ex­cited to see what they can do, but ad­mits they have to take their chance.

“We’ve have a good first week and there’s two or three more tri­al­ists com­ing in when the games start,” he said.

“We’ll have a look through them and if there are peo­ple we feel aren’t quite up to stan­dard we’ll let them go, and the lads that do well we’ll keep on next week.

“It’s al­ways good to ac­cess peo­ple in a match sit­u­a­tion, train­ing is great with 5-a-side but you want to see play­ers in 11-a-side games. Like last sea­son they’ll be two or three play­ers in­volved in ev­ery game that are tri­al­ists.

“There are lads here from last sea­son, peo­ple that you’re re­ally pleased that they have stayed on and then as I say we’ve got lads in who’re look­ing to prove them­selves, hope­fully at a bet­ter level, a chance to chal­lenge at the right end again.

“There’s qual­ity play­ers com­ing in on trial and we might just find one or two gems so I’m ex­cited.”

‘There’s still a lot of work to do, there’s still a lot of good play­ers out there’

Si­mon Cooper

Mac­cles­field Town sup­port­ers will be buoyed by Steve Wat­son’s pos­i­tive vibes for the sea­son ahead

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