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Deeping joint manager ready for side to serve up 'attacking football'

Deeping Rangers joint manager Dan French is promising supporters a brand of "front foot, attacking football" from the club this season.

French, along with Lee Clarke, have taken the Clarets through eight training sessions ahead of their opening pre-season friendly on Saturday against a Peterborough Sports youth team.

The managerial duo have been stressing to their players the importance of pressurising teams when they lose possession, as well as being expressive when going forward.

Dan French and Lee Clarke are the managerial duo at Deeping Rangers.
Dan French and Lee Clarke are the managerial duo at Deeping Rangers.

French said: "It was a strange situation when we got the job at the end of March because we weren't able to do anything, or meet the players face-to-face.

"Since then, the lads have all come back and bought into the training sessions we're doing.

"We like to play on the front foot, attacking football and giving the lads pretty much free rein to express themselves in the final third.

"But we also want to have a balance so that the lads can get back and defend.

"I expect Peterborough will be made up of youth team and first year professionals, so it'll be a test for us.

"We can also use the game for fitness purposes as it'll be the boys' first time on the pitch for five months.

"It'll enable us to look at people who we've not seen before and a chance to see the players in a game situation, having done eight training sessions with them.

"The training should be a really good base for them to go into the football-side of things."

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