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Brentwood Town goalkeeper Budd says side want to improve on last season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 08 August 2018

Phil Kelly scores for Sudbury against Romford, despite Rob Budd's attempt to deny him (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Phil Kelly scores for Sudbury against Romford, despite Rob Budd's attempt to deny him (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Newly-signed Brentwood Town goalkeeper Rob Budd says they want to improve on last season’s 21st place finish in the Bostik North.

Budd joined Town in the summer after returning to the sport last term with league rivals Romford and is excited for the upcoming season.

“I’m really pleased to have joined and am settling in now,” he said.

“I’m a bit late starting. I had a lot of offers in the off-season, which was nice, and just had to take my time in picking the one that suits me best for football, work and my personal life and I believe I have done that.”

The keeper is keen to help Craig Shipmen’s side push on this campaign and finish higher up the new-look table.

“We just have to improve on last year, minimum. We’ve got good experience in the team and in our management team now with John Easterfood doing both roles as well as Miki Hood coming in from Concord.

“I don’t know if that discussion has been had as a group, but I know Craig has high hopes for us.

“I always think everyone should aim for the same thing before a ball is kicked and that’s to win the league.”

Personally, the experienced keeper is looking for a big season, but admits he must try remaining injury free.

“I want to stay fit and hit at least 15 clean sheets, as well as a good FA Cup run,” added Budd, who believes Blues have plenty of experience with a mix of good youth players in the squad ahead of the new season.

“We have great experience in John Easterford, Tony Stokes and Matt Hall,” he said.

“We’ve also got some players who been in an around the league for a while and some very good youngsters who have come in and even some on loan like Sam Clarke from Concord who looks a great signing.”

The keeper also revealed pre-season has been mixed for Brentwood and they must make sure they show up come the start of the season.

They start their campaign away to Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday, August 18, a week later than most sides start (August 11).

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