Shrivenham chairman Matt Hirst, has confirmed that having spoken to Martyn Robinson and Mike Alexander over the weekend, both have confirmed that they are willing to return to Barrington Park for the 2020-21 campaign.
“I had a chat to Robbo [Martyn Robinson] (pictured left) and Mike sent me a text message and both are more than happy to remain with the club which is great news as we desperately wanted them to stay – they’re part of the furniture here,” the Chairman said “Robbo is happy to remain with us but due to work commitments, he isn’t going to be able to commit the time a new manager would need, so he didn’t think it would be fair to remain in the Physio role he has held for the last three years.
“Anyone who knows the club, will know Robbo has been more than just our Physio over the last three seasons, he’s also been specifically involved in coaching our keepers along with Mike, so just as soon as we’ve appointed our next manager and they’ve named their coaching team, we’ll sit down and see where Robbo can best fit in.
”Mike sent a text confirming he’s happy to continue with his role and not only is he a hugely experienced keeper, he has worked wonders coaching the other keepers at the club so he will continue to coach and fill in as a back-up keeper for the First XI and Development side when called upon.”
Just as with the commitment of Steve Hendry and Chris Robinson who have both confirmed their willingness to stay involved with the club next season, having Martyn and Mike around will also prove a massive boost as we prepare to return to training and the Chairman concluded: “Like me, Barrington Park is his Robbo’s spiritual home and I know Mike has enjoyed his time here too.
“They both appear to love being around the place and that’s definitely shown over the last three seasons, so to keep them both around the club will only benefit everyone involved.”
Along with this news, the club can also confirm that it is hoping to get pre-season training underway on Tuesday June 30 at our Watchfield training facility. With guidance recently being published for grassroots football, the club will be looking how best to organise the sessions and we will provide more details as soon as it has been confirmed.