Martin: Boro have found more gems

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 July 2015

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford manager pleased with recruitment ahead of final pre-season game

Romford boss Paul Martin is confident the team have found replacements for a number of key players that left the club during the summer.

Captain Jack Barry, Abs Seymour and Loui Hazelwood have all departed Ship Lane for pastures new.

All three players were vital in Romford’s late surge last season that guaranteed their place in Ryman North for another year.

But Martin believes the club have recruited well as they look to improve on last season’s finish near the relegation zone.

“It was always going to be hard to replace those players because they were all of a good quality,” said the Romford manager.

“But we’re getting there in terms of bringing new players in and I think we’ve found some real gems again.

“At the minute it’s about getting players up to match fitness and getting the squad down to 20 for the opening game.”

As for who makes that 20, Martin believes it will be a tough task to whittle the squad down ahead of the season opener at Sudbury on August 8.

Martin believes the two sides will be evenly matched in that game with Sudbury using their new 3G pitch for the first time.

But the question of who will start for Boro in Suffolk is proving far more difficult for Martin at the moment.

“There’s a few knocks in the squad at the minute and some are struggling with match fitness at the minute,” he added.

“It will be hard to pick the 20 as we’ve had some good results recently. The win over Enfield Town was very good.

“They played a really strong squad, but we went there trying a new system and it seemed to pay off for us.”

Following Barry’s move to Thamesmead Town, Martin is in search of a new Boro leader ahead of the new campaign.

Martin confirmed the new captain, and his vice-captain, will be announced on the bus trip to Welwyn Garden City tomorrow (Saturday) for the club’s final pre-season friendly.

Every member of the team will travel to the game on the bus and the Romford boss is hoping it will keep morale high.

“I’ve always said the main thing about being manager of Romford is making sure it’s a happy changing room,” he said.

“You don’t want any bad apples and there’s not at the minute. The banter is always unbelievable and at the minute it’s flying around with a few joking about who’s going to get picked.

“There’s a good atmosphere in the camp at the minute and it will be boosted with another win. Then next week it’s all about the hard work before the start of the season away to Sudbury.”

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