The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Jon Couch

SI­MON Weaver be­lieves Har­ro­gate Town are al­ready in the right pro­fes­sional mind­set to go full-time next sea­son.

The Wetherby Road out­fit be­lieve the de­ci­sion will help it achieve its am­bi­tions go­ing for­ward hav­ing nar­rowly missed out on a place in the fi­nal of the Na­tional League North play-offs last year.

“We are mov­ing into a new era for the club and we strongly be­lieve that now is the right moment to an­nounce our in­ten­tion to go full-time,” boss Weaver con­firmed.

“We have spo­ken about if for a while, but now we have the in­fras­truc­ture in place to make this step up.

“We al­ready have a pro­fes­sional mind­set here, and I want ev­ery player to also have that men­tal­ity of be­ing a full-time foot­baller

“As a club we have been prepar­ing for this tran­si­tion for a while, and as such it is im­por­tant for us to be hon­est and open with every­one in­volved as early as we pos­si­bly can.

“Mak­ing our in­ten­tions known now gives our play­ers, staff and sup­port­ers the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to adapt and pre­pare for the ex­cit­ing change that is ahead of us.

“Ul­ti­mately, there are a num­ber of clubs at this level that are al­ready fulltime, pro­fes­sional clubs, and you can clearly see the ben­e­fit of work­ing with play­ers on a daily ba­sis. For me, you can’t un­der­es­ti­mate how much of a mas­sive leap in the right direction this is for our foot­ball club.”

Weaver’s side cur­rently lie a dis­tance off a play-off place, but man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Garry Plant agrees that Town are ready to make the tran­si­tion.

“This is a big de­ci­sion for all of us,” he added. “We un­der­stand the im­pact that mov­ing to full-time will have on play­ers, staff and sup­port­ers but ul­ti­mately we be­lieve it to be the best course of action at this moment.”

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