Selsey manager Daren Pearce has lofty ambitions at his new club – although he refuses to be drawn on whether the Blues can launch a promotion push.
The former Sidlesham gaffer has been a busy man in the last six weeks as he looks to bring the good times back to the Bunn Leisure Community Stadium.
With a number of players following him from the Recreation Ground, Pearce has assembled a young hungry squad who are now well into their pre-season preparations.
But despite leading the Sids’ promotion from SCFL Division Two last season, he said repeating the feat at the next step up would be tough. Instead, the focus will be on improving on Selsey’s eighth place finish in SCFL Division One last time out.
Pearce said: “The target is progression on last year. The club have not set us any specific targets but the idea is to progress on where we finished last year and build for the future. That means having younger lads around the club.
“We will be running an under 18s, under 23s and a first team – that’s what we want moving forward, to get good young talent and then we can build on that.”
Selsey kick off the pre-season fixtures at home to Wessex Premier side Horndean next Tuesday (7.45pm) before welcoming Bostik Premier side Worthing on July 14 (3pm)
Swapping places with Pearce at Sidlesham is former Blues boss Steve Bailey, with Selsey striker Morgan Forry among his signings.