Non League Daily Speak Exclusively With Gulls Boss Heale

In an exclusive interview with, Canvey Island manager Danny Heale talks about the upcoming Ryman League Premier Division season, and what is happening at Park Lane.


NLD: What are Canvey Island's ambitions for the coming season, and how are you going to make sure the players are hungry to succeed?

DH: "Our ambitions this year like always is to be in and around the playoffs. We feel with the players we have brought in and mixed with the existing lads we have at the club. We can achieve that. It's always going to be tough as it's a tough league with some big teams in it who have big budgets but if we can get off to a good start and stay in the pack we will see where it takes us."

NLD: Have your ambitions been hindered by the big money being spent by clubs such as Maidstone United and Margate?

DH: "No not really, there are no easy games in this league. The likes of Margate, Maidstone United and Leiston that have bigger budgets than most I expect to be there or there abouts. But when you sign a lot of big players they have to gel as a side and that can take time."

NLD: With new players coming into the club, how do you make sure these players adapt in time for the season beginning?

DH: "When we bring new players to the club not only do they have to be good players, but also decent people. So when they do come in they mix well with the other lads and buy into what we are trying to achieve here."

NLD: Do you believe this will be the most competitive Ryman League Premier Division season for a while?

DH: "Without a doubt! It was a very tough league last year, and as you say with the likes of the teams that have come in this year and the money Margate and Leiston are spending I believe it will be even tougher."

NLD: Are good runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy something which are important to you as a manager, and also to your players?

DH: "Definitely. We had a good FA Cup run last season and received some much needed cup money. It's a nice distraction from the league and going to different grounds. We were knocked out at the last hurdle before the First Round Proper last year! And it brings the fans, players and the whole club together."

NLD: Do you find it easier to attract players due to the location of Canvey Island?

DH: "It can be tough due to our location but Canvey Island FC has great reputation and we have a great playing surface, and great supporters."

NLD: And finally, who is going to be your star player this season?

DH: "We have a lot of very good and exciting players here. But I am looking forward to seeing John Sands fully fit and hungry to succeed after breaking his jaw on his debut and coming back towards the end of the season. But it's not all about one player, and if the everyone in the squad can pull together then hopefully we can have a good season."

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