Tigers all set for return to action

Graham Drury
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Joint-manager Graham Drury feels the Holbeach United squad are raring to go into action.

The Tigers take on Louth Town at Carter’s Park on Saturday in the first pre-season friendly.

After a busy summer of rebuilding for Drury and John Chand, it’s time to step up their preparations for the United Counties League Premier Division campaign.

Drury said: “We’re all looking forward to it.

“We want to work on a bit of shape in tonight’s training session so we made them do quite a bit of hard work on Tuesday.

“They never complained and it shows they are a good bunch because they just got on with it.

“Hopefully we will get a good camaraderie going as well because sometimes that will see you through.

“I’ve already had a couple of text messages from players saying they are looking forward to the first game.

“They want to get onto the field now and show what they can do.”

Goalkeeper Luke Pickering – who was among the summer arrivals from Oadby Town – has left Holbeach due to work commitments which meant he was unable to travel to training.

But Drury says they are “very close” to finalising the squad as Matt Warfield continues to consider his options.

Drury explained: “He has been training with us and enjoying it.

“However, he doesn’t want to commit himself by putting pen to paper yet.

“We understand that he doesn’t want to sit on the bench.

“He wants to have a look at the situation in pre-season and we’re happy to be patient with him.

“We only invited 19 players to pre-season to keep the numbers limited.

“You can never say never in terms of adding to the squad because you don’t know who might become available if players are elsewhere at the moment.

“We can make improvements if they fit within the budget.”