Martin excited by Romford return

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 June 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin thanks fans at the end of the season (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin thanks fans at the end of the season (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss buzzing for pre-season

Romford manager Paul Martin admits he cannot wait to get back to work, with the Ryman North club beginning their pre-season campaign tomorrow (Saturday).

Martin was unsure whether he would stay on as Boro boss at the end of last season, as the Ship Lane club avoided the bottom three after victory on the last day.

But he decided to continue and has his hunger back, saying: “Things are looking positive, I’m quite pleased.

“The players are buzzing and can’t wait. It won’t be easy, but we want to get a squad of 20-23 and go from our first friendly or we’ll still be scratching our heads at the first league match.”

Martin revealed the club had received 150 CVs from players looking to join, having lost captain Jack Barry and Abs Seymour to Thamesmead and Aveley respectively.

The club have not held an open trial this year, as in previous summers, but Martin is inviting some hopefuls along to try their luck.

He added: “We’ve had some really good players call and ask to come over and we’re establishing ourselves as a good club.

“We will pick the best 25 and have a look at them during a game situation and go from there.”

George Woodward has recovered from an injury that ruled him out of most of last season, while Sam Kemp is due back from travelling.

And Martin believes the division will be wide open this season, adding: “Looking back at the season before last, finishing eighth, six points off the play-offs was unbelievable, but it’s hard to match that without a budget.

“There’s a lot of money flying about elsewhere, but things can go a bit wobbly.

“There are 24 teams and I reckon 16 could make the play-offs. I’d like to think we could be one of them.

“Some are saying us, Barkingside, Haringey, Redbridge and Great Wakering are going to be fighting to stay out of the bottom three, but I can’t see anyone being weak.

“I can’t see anyone running away with it either.

“Only seven points separated nine clubs towards the bottom last year and we will look to get to 20 points by Christmas.

“If we can 26-30 I’ll be over the moon but if we’re below 15 it will be a battle.”

The club hold their AGM at Mawney School on Tuesday week (July 7) and they continue to wait for positive news about a new ground at Westlands.

Martin said: “You can’t blame anyone at the club for why it’s not making quicker progress. It’s like buying a house, it takes ages!

“The ground situation is the only thing holding the club back. We’re debt-free because we’ve got no wages to pay out. All we need is sponsors for the shirts and to sort out the groundshare each year.

“I give 100 per cent and will never let the club down. I will walk away when that’s not the case.”

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