Crediton boss John Cornforth
CREDITON United manager John Cornforth says he is looking forward to beginning training tonight as his side prepare for another season in the Peninsula League.
Last year more than 50 players showed up for Kirton's first pre-season session and Cornforth is hoping the club will continue to attract such healthy numbers this time around.
The former Exeter City boss has retained the majority of the squad which helped United finish 13th in Division One East last term after an excellent run of form towards the end of the campaign.
And, while he continues to look for a way back into the professional game away from Crediton, Cornforth says he is anticipating an exciting year with the club. He is hoping to see noticeable progress from his young side.
"It's an excellent set of lads we've got at Crediton and really last year they were unlucky not to have five or six more wins on the board at the end," he commented.
"I'm hoping we will improve again this year and push on. They are a young squad and one which is full of talent and potential.
"They're always learning things and a lot of the lads pushing for places are only 16 or 17 — that's really encouraging to see."
Cornforth has again been linked with a coaching job abroad recently — with the ex-Wales midfielder mentioned regarding a possible move to the Middle East — after his proposed switch to Malaysian side DPMM FC Brunei fell through just over a year ago.
But Cornforth has rubbished the rumours, insisting he will be at Lords Meadow this season.
He added: "Everytime I seem to get mentioned I'm going to Swansea or Malaysia or somewhere, but it's not true.
"I send my CV out and I'm in touch with people all over the place, but I have to consider my family as well and often the move wouldn't be right for them and you don't want to be away all the time.
"I'm just looking forward to getting back to training with the boys. This is a great club and it has really opened my eyes over the last few years how much work goes in and how much people give up to keep the club going.
"There are some really good people working behind the scenes at the club and I'm happy to be here."
Cornforth is currently trying to secure the services of former Crediton keeper Steve Guppy as his assistant.
He said: "Steve's a good lad. he knows football and it would be great to have him on board."