Clayton is Thetford's choice
Cary Clayton has been named Thetford Town's Player of the Month for March.Cary has had a regular start over the past two months and has really turned into a good Ridgeons League player that the club hoped he would turn into when they signed him at the start of the season, writes Mike Fields.
Cary Clayton has been named Thetford Town's Player of the Month for March.
Cary has had a regular start over the past two months and has really turned into a good Ridgeons League player that the club hoped he would turn into when they signed him at the start of the season, writes Mike Fields.
Like many players signed this season who had little or no Ridgeons league experience this season has been a real learning curve and this will bring rewards next season..
Christan Money and Chris Collins-Reed have been offered a Soccer Scholarship in America so both will now be available next season which will really bolster Town's defence with Dave Richards, Steve Crawshaw, Sam Giacomelli, Lee Brewer and 16-year-olds Aaron Burt and Ben Briggs.
Added to that new signing Nobby Mcnab-Grieve and the returning Lee Devlin and Norfolk U18 player Dan Cusack. Sam Bryant, Rob Browne and Simon Mann are now beginning to gel up front and have all agreed to stay next season, with U18's Jordan Fisher, Tymal Mills and Nathan Prigg coming through competition for places should be good.
Thetford's midfield is getting stronger with every match with Cary Clayton, Craig Atterton, Cal Webb, Craig Skipp, Kam Senior, Bruno Silva Eavres all gaining experience, Greg Devlin should be fit for next season, and the highly-rated 16-year-old Sam Borrer coming through the ranks.
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Last, but by no means least, Town's three keepers 19-year-old Ros Bilham, and 17-year-olds Matt Terry and Luke Wheeler who all have the potential to be excellent keepers have also agreed to stay.
So all in all, next season looks very promising if the club can add a couple of experienced heads in three areas Thetford could really start to get the results that all the club's hard work deserves.
It's easy to look at results and get the wrong impression, of course results are important and that's what success is normally judged on, but Thetford are trying to build a football club not a football team.
An example of this is Whitton United, who built a football team last season, got promoted, lost all their players and folded!
At Thetford the new additions this season have been in order to build a football club. The club has two excellent coaches in Paddy linfield and Bobby Briggs and training at thetford is top notch and ideal for youngsters to develop their game, a club physio in Anna Denmark, an excellent U18's side which is the club's foundation for the future, managed by two good managers in Nigel Armes and Kenny Jordan, a new club sponsor in Adie Lee of flooringsupplies.co.uk
Although the reserves have been a problem this season Glen Berry will turn things around.
Thetford are also planning to put a new roof on the stand, look at increasing the size and refurbishing the clubhouse, and adding new changing rooms.
Club ties are on order and the club is looking into starting up its our own academy linked with a professional club and a local school or college.
So, all in all, although results are important they do not show the whole picture.
Thetford are looking forward to next season and hopefully they can show everybody how far they have really progressed as a club!