Badgers board positive as players return for training

Eastwood Town vice-chairman Steve Peat says the mood around the club is positive and optmistic as plans for the new season continue to gather pace.

The Badgers players return to pre-season training tomorrow (Saturday), with several new signings set to be completed and deals agreed to retain some of last season’s squad.

And with the club’s off pitch troubles having stabilised a little since the end of the last campaign, Peat believes Eastwood can look ahead with confidence.

He said: “I’m not saying we’re totally out of the woods yet, but things are much better than they were and we’ve been able to put together what I think is a very reasonable budget to compete in Division One South.

“Our travelling costs won’t be as high and we’re saving money in other areas too, so hopefully we can produce the kind of football that will get people back through the gate and in turn boost the coffers further.

“I’m aiming to get the social club in use a lot more often as that can be a vital revenue stream, and I’m also hoping to tie up a deal with a major new sponsor in the next fortnight or so.

“There will hopefully be a new 60th anniversary kit being launched fairly soon too.”

Peat says that while he is taking on a lot of the day-to-day work at Coronation Park, owner and chairman Steve Lynch remains in close contact.

“To be fair, Steve’s been really good in that everything I’ve asked for, I’ve got, so that’s been a big help,” he added.

“We’ve got a good framework set up behind the scenes now, particularly with a new general secretary (Tracey Witton) and matchday secretary (Paul Braithwaite) having been appointed too.”

Meanwhile, two of last season’s squad have opted to remain in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and join Grantham Town.

Winger Paolo Piliero and defender Romaine Graham will join a host of other former Badgers at the South Kesteven Stadium, including managers Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson and the likes of Deon Meikle, Danny Elliott and TJ Nightingale.