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Evesham Boss Wants To Bolster Midfield

Evesham United manager Shaun Cunnington is looking to boost his midfield options as the Robins prepare for the new Calor League Division One South & West campaign.

United were beaten 7-0 by last season's League Two play-off finalists Cheltenham Town in their opening pre-season friendly, but Cunnington was from despondent at the result as he continues his quest to bolster the Robins' ranks.

Cunnington (pictured), whose side host newly-promoted Conference North outfit Leamington on Tuesday in their second pre-season friendly, said: "I'm not really disappointed, as we'd only been back a week or so when we lost to Cheltenham.

"It's early days. Cheltenham are a good League Two football club who just missed out on promotion so it was always going to be a tough game.

"For us, it was about assessing players and getting the message of how we want to play across.

"It's all about the performances, rather than results. Leamington are a good side and we just want to go out and put in a good performance.

"We want to work hard. We're relishing the opportunities to play strong sides at higher levels this pre-season."

The former Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion midfielder has already seen key players - centre back Matt Sysum and striker Marcus Palmer - extend their stays at the Jubilee Stadium after successful influences last season and now attentions have turned to making further additions to the squad.

"At the moment we're building a squad who are able to perform well and compete at our level of football," said Cunnington.

"Both Matt and Marcus are proven players at this level but also at higher levels so we're delighted for them to re-sign.

"We have offers out there for other players but pre-season can be frustrating for managers, trying to bring in players, and players holding out to try and get higher levels of football.

"We want to add three or four new players, generally to the midfield ranks."

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