Date: 5th June 2015 at 7:45pm
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Manager Gary Johnson has spoken of the qualities he wants in the make up of the squad in our Conference campaign of 2015-16 and also spoken about the signing of Harry Pell.

The former Bristol City and Yeovil Town gaffer has so far brought in five new faces as he looks to overhaul the playing squad to give us the best chance possible of return to the Football League at the first time of asking next season, and he admits that he’s been pleased with the changes we’ve been able to make so far.

He also discussed the fact that 15-20 trialists have been invited to join us for pre season training on July 1 as he looks for more new recruits, but also those invited have already been through a ‘rigourous interview process’ to ensure that they have the right character and mentality for the group that he wants because he wants the whole squad to fit together and be solid friends on and off the pitch to help foster a real team spirit in the group.

He also confirmed that several offers have gone out to players, and whilst he wouldn’t name them he confirmed they were to two full backs, a centre forward and a goalkeeper and he also expected two loan signings from higher level clubs to be added soon to the squad.

As for Pell, the player himself had already revealed that he spilt his cup of coffee over Johnson’s carpet when he went to his house to meet him, and in typical Johnson fashion he admitted it did stall the deal and give him second thoughts of whether to offer him a deal or not.

‘I nearly didn’t sign him because of that, coffee all over my brand new carpet. He apologised nicely and I let him off and hopefully if he puts in the performances I think he is going to put in he will more than make up for it.’

Talking more about the type of player he hopes we have signed, he went on to add.

‘Over the years as I watched him as a teenager at Hereford I thought he had an old head on young shoulders. Because of that I followed his path, some clubs he done OK at and some he didn’t do what I think he can produce and maybe a different manager can bring out the best out of him. That’s what he needs, a manager who can link with him. He is a very good athlete, a big fellow at six feet, four inches. He will be imposing and we have to make sure he is does a lot in both penalty areas. He can dictate a game if he wants because he has that ability and personality and the big thing for me is he is a winner.’

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