Attfield seeks further additions

ROYSTON TOWN manager Paul Attfield says he is still hoping to bring in a couple more players before the start of the new season.

ROYSTON TOWN manager Paul Attfield says he is still hoping to bring in a couple more players before the start of the new season.

The Crows have already signed two new players so far this summer with the arrival of defender Lee Wilson and striker Ryan Ingrey, pictured. Wilson was captain of Barton Rovers last season, while Ingrey played for Cambridge United’s acadamy after joining from Histon.

Attfield is pleased with the club’s business so far, and hopes the pair will add much-needed competition for places ahead of Town’s maiden campaign in the Southern League Central Division.

“I got to know of Ryan at youth football,” Attfield told the Royston Crow. “He has played for Histon’s academy, and played well for Cambridge Regional College [feeder club for Cambridge United, playing in the Eastern Counties League].

“He is a local lad and he will give us more options up front. I like his attitude and he has excellent ability, and he will only continue to get better because he is still young.

“He’s got a proven track record of scoring goals, and he can play off the shoulder of the last defender, or he can drop deep. He has got a good all-round game.

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“With Lee, we needed to bring in a naturally left sided player at left-back. Jack [Bradshaw] did a good job for us in that position last season but that isn’t his natural position and he was only filling in.

“Lee is proven at this level having played for Barton Rovers, and he is a player who likes to get forward so he will be good for us.

“I’m still looking to bring in a couple more players, but I can’t give any names just yet as discussions are still ongoing.”

It was announced last week that Attfield has been named the Manager of the Year in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division after guiding the Crows to promotion last term, and he said: “It’s nice to be recognised, but it really is a collective effort from everyone at the club.”

He admits he is looking forward to getting back to league action, with pre-season kicking off against Histon on Saturday, July 21. “I’ve not really stopped after the season finished because there have been meetings, AGMs and things like that, but I’m excited about the new challenge,” Attfield added.

Royston have lined up no fewer than 10 friendlies before the season kicks off on August 18, and Attfield says the large number of games will ensure his squad is in peak condition come the opening day of the campaign.

“I want to get everyone match-fit before the first game,” he said. “We’ve always started seasons well and that is because we have been fitter than the other teams due to the number of pre-season games, so I like to have a lot.”