RUGBY Town kicked off pre-season training on Tuesday evening with boss Carl Adams raring to go in his first campaign at the club following his switch across from Stratford Town back in May.
Adams and his new playing-assistant Justin Marsden put more than 20 players through their paces on the Butlin Road astroturf facility as the new Valley boss looked forward to the challenge ahead in the coming months.
“I know how important it is for a club of this magnitude and with this excellent set-up to get out of this league, and we really want to get the town buzzing again,” said Adams.
Having been moved over to the United Counties Premier Division after just one season in its Midland League equivalent, Valley will be mounting a second attempt at returning to Step Four of the non-league pyramid.
And Adams has been working hard putting together a competitive squad.
“We’ve already lost a couple that we hoped would join us, but we always knew this was likely to happen,” said Adams.
“However, we are still in a good position in terms of how many and the quality of those that have agreed to be here.
“We are close to adding a further three or four players over the coming week or so, including a couple of strikers.”
Two of the originally announced close-season recruits defender Liam Francis and forward Michael Taylor have both decided to stay at Knights Lane and play again for Adams’s old club Stratford, but the Town manager was able to confirm the commitment of the experienced Richard Bunting recently, after the midfielder agreed to join from Wisbech Town.
Bunting was part of the Wisbech side promoted from Rugby’s new division at the end of last season, after signing for the Cambridgeshire club from AFC Rushden and Diamonds – where he was club captain.
The 36-year-old has a wealth of non-league experience having previously had spells with Brackley Town, Raunds Town, Cogenhoe United, Long Buckby and King’s Lynn Town.
Town’s first pre-season friendly sees them travel to Midland League Division One outfit Heather St.Johns a week on Saturday, July 7, before another away warm-up game the following weekend at Sutton Coldfield Town.
The first chance to see Adams’s new look outfit at Butlin Road comes when Evesham are the visitors there on July 21 before the short trip to Racing Club Warwick.
Two further home fixtures against Alvechurch and Bedworth round off the new campaign preparations on the 26th and 28th of the month respectively.