SIX players have already committed to the Scarborough Athletic cause for the 2012-13 campaign.
Top-scorer Ryan Blott, skipper Tony Hackworth, Jimmy Ghaichem, Denny Ingram, Matt Draper and Chris Hewitt, have all promised to stay on at Rudy Funk’s Queensgate-based club.
Funk is also in talks with the other players he requires, as he aims to bring a local-look to the Boro line-up.
The Athletic chief has described this season as a learning curve, though the main thing he has picked up has been the desire of the players who live in the Scarborough area.
The backing of a hefty budget for the new campaign could well help him coax some local talent into the red and white of Boro.
“It is great to have these lads commit to the cause at this early stage. I am in on-going talks with other lads as well,” said Funk.
“I want to make sure the hardcore of the squad are Scarborough players because that is the way it needs to be.
“It has been a tough year for me because when I arrived I didn’t know the area. I brought in a lot of big-named lads from away and it didn’t work out.
“The home-grown talent and the lads local to Scarborough tend to play with passion and a different attitude to a lot of players from away.
“Home-grown talent will be the key next season. I know who they are, from this level through to Evo-Stik level, I know anyone that plays well.”
Funk added: “I am delighted to confirm that after talks with my chairman Dave Holland we will have a bigger budget going into next season.
“There has been so much hard work done behind the scenes and I would like to thank everyone for that.
“The club was down financially last year, so it was all about getting things on an even keel this time around.
“We got it right and, having spoken to my chairman, the new budget will be very good.
“This will allow us to bring in one or two new players.
“We know where we need to build, we need to better ourselves.
“We will be loking at the midfield, the defence and maybe another centre-forward.”