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Brentwood in Good Shape, says Boss

Les Whitton, manager of Ryman League Division One North club Brentwood Town, is delighted with how his new-look squad have started their pre-season training programme.

Whitton (pictured) is back at the Blues' helm for this season, and has revealed that things are in good shape ahead of their opening pre-season friendly with Little Oakley on Saturday.

He said: "We've had 38 players for the four sessions now and we're going to start to whittle it down this week and it's going to be difficult.

"We want to get them working well together and sort our formation out and hopefully we'll gel and go on and enjoy our season.

"I'm really pleased with how it's gone and the attitude of the boys.

"They know the financial situation. We're not going to have the money that the club has had in the past but we've got players here who want to play for the right reasons – the football reasons. Not to pay their mortgages, because that's not going to happen.

"They will get their expenses and maybe a little bit more on top, but they will play their football how it should be played, with enthusiasm, and I'm sure that we'll make them players, which I did with the team at Grays.

"They all enjoyed what we did there, the coaching side of it, they improved their football and made them like footballers should."

Whitton has brought a number of his old players from Grays with him to the club, and seeing them gel with the others at his disposal – including a handful of new faces – has given Whitton much to look forward to for the new season.

"I'm excited because what I wanted was the enthusiasm and the players who want to play football the right way and I've got exactly what I wanted.

"I've got a few new recruits, they're young and they know that they can play – they're not quite ready for the standard of the Premier or the Conference South.

"I've got three keepers to choose from and plenty of raw talent that just needs guiding and I'm really looking forward to it."

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