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.