TIGERS: Chand ready for important talks

Chasing talks: John Chand
Chasing talks: John Chand
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JOHN Chand will sit down with Holbeach United officials this week as they bid to improve on a trophy-winning campaign.

The Tigers boss is keen to discover his playing budget for next season, ahead of what promises to be a summer of evolution rather than revolution at Carter’s Park.

A sixth-placed finish in the UCL Premier Division and Lincs FA Senior Trophy glory marked Holbeach’s best season since 2002/03 – but Chand isn’t one to rest on his laurels.

Speaking after Saturday night’s end of season awards bash – which saw Jonny Allen named players’ player of the year, Mitch Griffiths land supporters player of the season, Ben Brown take the manager’s player of the campaign and Andrew Tidswell (27 goals) claim the top scorer award – Chand is aiming to deliver a season to remember.

He said: “I’ve contacted the club and requested a meeting, so hopefully we’ll sit down in the next week or so.

“I’m hoping we’ll have a similar budget to last year – which is important if we want to progress and better last season.

“I’m looking to make a few improvements so we can kick on, but need to get a few things ironed out first.”

Chand also paid tribute to all of the Holbeach trophy winners. He added: “All of the awards were deserved. Jonny Allen has been the most consistent player in my time here, while Ben Brown has given 120 per cent every week.

“Mitch Griffiths has been involved in everything good I’ve ever done in football and Andrew Tidswell got some huge goals – he’d probably have scored 40 if he’d have taken penalties.”