Ryman North: Paul Martin already putting plans in place at Romford ahead of summer months
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 May 2017
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Boro boss and Alex Goldstone are drawing up list of potential signings with several members of current squad set to leave
Romford manager Paul Martin feels this time of the year is probably the most enjoyable for both him and his coaching staff, as they look to start recruiting wisely again for next season.
The 2016-17 campaign only drew to a close on April 22, but the Boro boss and his assistant Alex Goldstone are already looking at which players the club could possibly bring in during the summer.
Martin admitted some members of his current squad are likely to depart during the off-season and it means a lot of time will now get spent drawing up a list of replacements.
“I do think it is time to change,” said Romford’s manager. “We have had a few players with us long enough and I am not being critical of any of them, but some are not good enough for next season.
“We need to bring the right players into the club and this is probably mine and Alex’s most enjoyable time because although we have the break, we’re planning a shopping list of players we want to try and get.
“Now, on that list we will probably not get any of them, but if we get one or two it is a massive bonus.
“We will be merging with Barking Abbey College for next season, so that’s good because they have always brought through young players.
“For us, we will now debate whether it is worth going really young again and bringing 16, 17 and 18-year-olds into the squad.
“We did that before with people like Jack Barry, (James) Ishmail and Jamie Dicks when they were all young a few seasons back.
“If we don’t get the personnel we want for pre-season then we will go very young and try to build again for the next couple of years. Hopefully by then we have a stadium.”
As always with Romford, they will bid farewell to several players during the summer, but Martin is used to it by now.
The Boro boss believes most of the people who exit the club do so on good terms which always leaves the door open for a return.
Martin reflected on some of the personnel who have played under him at Romford and are now doing well elsewhere.
He added: “I would say 98 per cent of the players who leave the club never leave on bad terms and they know they are always welcomed back, but they have to experiment because if they don’t then they won’t learn anything.
“They all know if they want to play week in, week out at this level then Romford is probably the best place to do it because I do give youngsters a chance.
“My job is to bring players in from nowhere and make them good enough for the Ryman and if they get a move higher up then I know I have achieved my job.
“It would be nice to keep them, but if you don’t, you don’t and we do a Ryman best XI every year and I think you could easily pick eight players who have had spells at Romford.
“Nathan Cooper, Jack Barry, Abs Seymour, Billy Hunt, Tom Richardson, George Woodward and Lamar Johnson could be in it and I do get a buzz from pushing the youngsters on. We put them in the window and if they get a move it is my job done.”
Romford are also looking for away friendlies during the summer to help their preparations for the 2017-18 Isthmian League North season.