Gillespie Busy As Rocks Get Rolling - 28 July
New Rocks manager Dan Gillespie has been a busy person so far this summer, recruiting a complete new squad for the forthcoming contest.
The new man at the helm has already seen his side play five friendlies winning two and losing three, but he feels those game will see is side well come that start of the season.
Gillespie said “It’s been tough. I’m under no illusions at just how big a task this is, I’ve come to the club with only two players remaining from last season but the players I’ve managed to get signed are quality players, and there are still a few I want to see put pen to paper. Pre season so far has been about getting players in and seeing how they do on the pitch. We haven’t worked on many things team shape wise but the players will soon see what my philosophies are about in the next two weeks. Believe me my mark will be well and truly stamped on the team come the 13th against Milton”
Gillespie has already signed some key player including former Forest Green Rovers Under 18 Captain Jack Edge, Former Hastings United player Luke Whittam, former Cardiff City Youth team player Liam Fears, former Yate Town players Jamel Fisher, Sven Hope and Lewis Bezer, former Bishops Cleeve Keeper Adam Clark along with former Kings Stanley Players Dan McNally and Ryan Stevenson.
Gillespie commented. "There’s some wonderful talent we’ve signed and the task now is to add some quality to that and gel that into a team and spirit. There’s some impressive characters in that list Dan McNally is a wonderfully gifted centre back who will captain us this season and the leadership and football qualities of Luke Whittam who will be vice. It’s exciting times."
Pat Hendzel will be Gillespie's assistant this season and Gillespie had this to say about Hendzel “Pat's very enthusiastic and he shares the same passion and values I do, he works just as hard as I do behind the scenes and the lads have enjoyed his sessions so far, he’s a man I trust in Football.
The Rocks Kick off their season on August the 13th home to Milton at the Hardwicke Field 3pm.