DAVE WILSON’S appointment as skipper of Pershore Town will provide a knowledgeable, experienced head to guide the club’s influx of youngsters, according to manager Paul Harris.
Midfielder Wilson has returned to the Plums and Harris hopes up to half a dozen of last season’s squad will follow suit as Harris prepares for his first season in charge after taking over from Quentin Townsend.
“He will bring that calmness and confidence into the centre of midfield,” said Harris. “I’m really pleased Dave has agreed to return. He is the sort of player to guide the youngsters along.
“But from the talks I’ve had I think there will be a few more players coming back. I didn’t think they would stay because of the budget but they have said they will come to training. It shows they want to play for the team, it shows their commitment. That’s really pleasing.”
Pershore, who have been switched to the West Midlands League Premier Division, kick off their preparations on Wednesday with an open training session when they will be hoping to unearth some hidden gems.
Harris and his backroom team of Luke Harris, Adam Lapajne and Wayne Sherwood will throw open the session at the King George V Stadium, starting at 6.30pm, to any would-be signings aged 16 and over. Those who impress will then be invited back for a second session the following Saturday.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Harris. “It seems to have been a long time since I was appointed.
“The open session is a great way to have a look at players and there might be some hidden gems that haven’t been spotted before.”