BUXTON FC has begun pre-season training ahead of what manager John Reed expects to be a tough campaign in the Evo-Stik League.
New signing Matt Parry and left back Josh Wilde - the latter is due to attend a week’s training with Mansfield Town - were among the Bucks players participating in the club’s first coaching session on Tuesday evening.
It also gave Reed the chance to run his eye over a new batch of trialists, which included players recently released from Football League clubs such as Sheffield United, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers.
And the boss was delighted with the result: “We had around 30 players there on Tuesday night, and it went really well, they trained extremely hard.
“The lads put in some sterling work. Scott Maxfield always puts them through their paces and he got a good response and hopefully it continues.
“We train again on Thursday and then again on Saturday, and after that we will maybe look to tie one or two players down. Footballers are not ones to dive in and they will probably look around first, but we have got our pitches in quite early.
“There were two left backs, and one in particular caught my eye, but my biggest concern is to try and get a real quality centre half, but we’ve not had a great deal of luck in that department during the close season.
“We have talked to six or seven experienced centre halves, but we just keep losing out.”
He added: “I treat this pre-season no different to any other pre-season during my career as a manager, except this time it is likely to be more difficult because the spine has gone from the team, losing our captain Gregg Anderson and centre forward Mark Reed. Losing players like that is a big blow and won’t be easy to replace.
“There is so much quality in our division this year, it is going to be a long, hard season. We have got to get ourselves prepared and as fit as possible, and get off to the best possible start.”
Buxton open their programme of pre-season fixtures at the Silverlands against Macclesfield Town on Saturday July 9 (kick-off 3pm), when the teams will play for the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy.