Setchell back at Wisbech

FORMER Fenman Gary Setchell has returned to the club as Steve Taylor's assistant manager and is also expected to play a vital part in the team's defence.

Setchell was last at Fenland Park just over 10 season ago, but played as a striker in those days.

The 33-year-old brings plenty of experience to the club, having enjoyed spells with Rushden Diamonds, Kings Lynn, Sudbury and Kettering.

Last season he played in the heart of the Swaffham defence and was expected to take over the running of the team alongside Ross McNeill this coming season.

Taylor said of his latest signing: “I have known Gary a long time and I knew he was keen to get involved in management. His experience will be a great asset to our defence.”

Taylor held his first training session on Saturday since taking over as manager and commented: “We had over 30 players there and it went very well. The majority of last season’s players have signed and we had some players come down and have a look at us.”

New signing Jamie Thurlbourne was present but another former Haverhill player Nick Impey was away on holiday.

James McManus, who had received an offer to join Swaffham, is staying with Wisbech – but Soham are now believed to be showing an interest in the Fenmen’s most improved player last season, Stuart Abblet.

Midfielder Wayne Morton will miss the first half of the season because of a knee operation.

Taylor is still looking to add to his squad and commented: “We have some players coming down training this week to look at us and we will see how things go.

“We are not up to full strength as a squad yet so we do need to sign a couple of more players. Everyone semed very positive at the first training session and I am looking forward now to seeing the players in action in the friendlies.”

Wisbech’s first pre-season game is against Boston Town on July 19 – followed by Peterborough Northern Star (home) on July 26, March Town away on Thursday July 31 (7.45) and Deeping Rangers on August 2, 3pm (venue to be confirmed). Taylor is still hoping to arrange a couple of more games as well.