Slimbridge boss Leon Sterling looks ahead to the side's new campaign in the Western League Premier Division
12:00pm Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
SLIMBRIDGE boss Leon Sterling is looking forward to the challenge of a new season in a new league.
The Swans make their Western League Premier Division bow on Saturday when they travel to Gillingham Town, having been transferred from the Hellenic League Premier Division.
Sterling said: “Me and Freddy (Ward, assistant manager) have been in the game for about 30 years between us, but we’ve played in the Hellenic League or higher, so, although we’ve played teams in the Western League in the Vase or the FA Cup, we’ve never played in the league itself.
“So it’s a new thing for everyone - the players, myself and the club. It’s a new adventure and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Slimbridge will enter life in the Western League without Australia-bound Tom Speers, while Junior Maderner is going to play football in the Far East.
Long-serving and prolific striker Marvyn Roberts is not expected to feature regularly as he intends to spend his Saturdays watching his son play for West Brom.
However, Dave Evans, Paul Carter and Aaron Nash have rejoined the club, while defender Adam Hughes has signed from Longlevens and former Frampton striker Steve Jackson are amongst the new recruits.
Sterling said: “I’m pleased that on the first training session we had, we had 13 players sign on straight away, so that makes my life a lot easier, as we probably only carry a squad of 16 or 17.”
Slimbridge’s first home game is against Hallen next Tuesday (7.45pm).
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