Wisbech and Whaley plan for pre-season and beyond
Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley is using the unique window created by the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions to prime his squad for next season.
With the last two football seasons ending prematurely due to the pandemic, the Fenmen boss is taking advantage of rules allowing clubs to train and play again.
Wisbech are training every week and playing friendlies in April and early May to create a togetherness and familiarity within the squad that will hopefully see them hit the ground running for pre-season in July, after a June break.
Whaley explained his plan during an interview with Fenmen Radio last week.
The Fenmen were in friendly action at United Counties League Premier Division outfit Pinchbeck United last night (Tuesday), and travel to play Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday.
The following Saturday, they travel to play another Eastern Counties League Premier Division team, Thetford Town. They also hope to play games at Deeping Rangers, King’s Lynn Town Reserves and Boston United U23. Under current rules, spectators are not allowed.
Whaley said 20-plus players have been attending training, although these do not include goalkeeper James Goff, who has left the club, and defender Beckham Kennelly, who has moved to Kent.
The rest of the 2020/21 squad are all involved, however, with Avi Vieira and Jack Keeble now recovered from long-term injuries and more recent signings Aaron Hart, Rodrigo Silva, Ben Richards and Kyle Davison-Gordon all training.
There are also plans to start an U18 team for the 2021/22 season, to run alongside the current U13 team, reserves and first team. A new U7 group will be recruited every year so there is an eventual pathway from the youngest players right through to the first team.
“We want dedicated local players who want to play for Wisbech and who the supporters can relate to,” said Whaley.
“We want a group of players who are known to the supporters. There is nothing worse for them than looking at the team sheet and not knowing who the players are. We want a group of players who give everything for the shirt.”