CHRIS GAGHAN will skipper the Seagulls in their opening pre-season game on Saturday (July 9th), at home to a strong looking AFC Telford side from the National League North (3pm), as Tom Hardwick is away on holiday.
Luke Denson, Steve Wilson and Josh Sumner are also away, but manager Paul Moore expects to have a squad of about 20 on duty including star signing Danny Andrews, who has looked very sharp in training.
Louis Corrigan and Kyle Armstrong make their returns to the club and fans will have their first chance to see Gareth Grant, George Mannion, Mark Keddie, Tom Shofield, Will Booth, Gaz Burnett and Rhys Bowers who are all likely to be in contention for the opening League game, along with Shaun Dowling and Shaun Pearson from last season’s squad.
Admission on Saturday is £5 for adults and FREE for Under 16s.
The manager commented: “This is our first game together and I’m looking for two things mainly – to find a shape that everybody is comfortable with and that we gel together look like a team.
” It is important that we start to pull back some of the fans who stopped coming last season and these pre-season friendlies are a chance for them to come along and see for themselves the quality that we have brought to the club.
“I’m expecting it to be a tough league with Hyde, Glossop and Farsley Celtic likely to be very strong, so we have to treat every game as a cup final, but we intend to be up there challenging at the top with the players we have.
“Training has been fantastic and the lads look fit, lively and are now just want to get some games under their belts.”
Telford will be a strong opposition and their squad includes recent forward signings Danny Reynolds from Wrexham and Tom Peers from Chester, along with ex-Seagulls favourite Sean Williams in midfield and former Halifax, Guiseley and Fylde forward Josh Wilson.
Meanwhile, Cory Williams has decided not to accept an offer to stay at the club, mainly due to the travelling. He is going to play local football for now and see whats best for him, personally and financially.
The manager said: “After discussions Cory has decided not to resign and we wish him well for the future.”