Bryan Hughes: Awards snub is surprising

Bryan Hughes' column
Bryan Hughes' column

It was disappointing that no players from our club were chosen in the Evo-Stik North team of the year at the weekend.

We have had a good season as a club, so when the team was announced at the awards night, it came as a bit of a shock to me.

We have Ryan Blott, Gary Bradshaw and Jimmy Beadle at the top of the goalscoring charts, Joe Cracknell has been immense in goal and then you look at Ben Middleton and Dean Lisles in defence, who have been outstanding.

Football is all about opinion though, maybe with there being a big core of teams in the North West, it gives managers the chance to see those players more than the twice a season they play us.

The mix we have had in the squad has been great this season and it has left us looking excitedly at next term.

We will be making it better with new players and we do have names in mind.

We have to get the Kendal game out of the way and then we’ll have to have a sit down with the board to get the budget in place.

There is no let-up for me and Paul (Foot) because we have to get things in place early, otherwise we’ll lose targets.

It has to be done while it’s fresh in people’s minds, which is why the board and ourselves have to act quickly.

A few of our players might be approached and move on, whatever happens, we are all really looking forward to things getting underway again in pre-season.

We thought we had a squad that could have a go last season when Rudy Funk was making the decisions, but a few players like Tom Burgin, Zeph Thomas and Jordan Thewlis all moved on after a few weeks, making us a bit weaker.

We will have to make sure we manage things better next time around. We have a great core, we just need to add to that.

If you look at us over the past few weeks and look at the bench, it just shows how strong we now are.

That bench breeds confidence in us and gives the lads on the park something to think about. If they don’t perform then somebody else will.

Pre-season will all be about learning, which is how it has to be.

We already have some games in mind, but we have to find that right balance between training and matches.

We will be testing ourselves against teams who pass the ball and physical teams to prepare ourselves in the right way.

I also want to start the training early so we are raring to go when the first game comes around.

We have to make sure that we are 100 per cent ready to go when the season gets underway.