Aldershot News & Mail - - FOOTBALL -

AN­THONY MIL­L­ER­ICK is un­der no il­lu­sions as to the tough­est task that faces him at Cove this year – just keep­ing all of his play­ers happy.

The Squir­rels chief has re­tained ev­ery mem­ber of last year’s squad which fin­ished fifth af­ter a storm­ing sec­ond half to the sea­son, while also adding no fewer than SIX qual­ity ad­di­tions.

So, with a 22-man squad get­ting ready to open the club’s ac­count at new­com­ers Ash­ford Town on Satur­day, Mil­l­er­ick has warned his play­ers they must be pa­tient to earn their start­ing place.

“They all know the sit­u­a­tion, there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for places this year,” Mil­l­er­ick said. “I don’t know when they are go­ing to play, it’s just about be­ing pa­tient and tak­ing your chance when it comes.

“I’m de­lighted with the squad we’ve as­sem­bled. We’ve kept ev­ery one of our play­ers from last year and I haven’t needed to con­vince any­one to stay.

“The play­ers are more fo­cused than ever, it’s a happy camp and we’re con­fi­dent of achiev­ing our tar­get which is to bet­ter last year. I think we can do that.”

Mil­l­er­ick has strength­ened his squad with the sign­ings of util­ity pair Sam Bolt­wood, from Burn­ham, and Adam Everiss, from Hart­ley Wint­ney, plus Liam Fisher, who ar­rives from Ever­s­ley & Cal­i­for­nia.

For­mer play­ers Michael Buck and Liam Ea­gles have both re­turned to Squir­rel Lane, while Mil­l­er­ick is also de­lighted to wel­come back key mid­fielder Aaron Parfitt, who missed the whole of last sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury.

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