HORSHAM midfielder Ryan Woodford has given a strong hint he intends to remain with the club next season, and be captain.
A steady stream of senior players have left since former manager John Maggs’ departure, but some of the squad have indicated they could stay on.
Woodford and defender Jahmahl King have been impressed by the professional approach from new boss Justin Luchford and his assistants Hugo Langton and Richard Langley. And both players have said they would interested in being skipper.
Woodford said: “I spoke to the new manager at the meeting for last season’s players when only eight or nine turned up.
“I was encouraged by what they said, they want to take the club in the right direction. Things like training, which was a problem last year seems like it will be a bit more professional.
“I’ve had calls from other clubs in the Ryman League and one in the Conference South, but the manager has asked us to come along to the first few weeks of pre-season so that’s what I’m going to do and take it from there.
“When pushed Woodford said he was ‘70 per cent’ sure he would be at Gorings Mead next term and with so few senior players still at the club stated a desire to be given the captain’s armband.
“Looking at the players that have left the club I think I’m a strong candidate for it,” said the former Worthing player. “I spoke to the manager about it and maybe it’s something in the pipeline. I’m a personal trainer so I’m good at motivating people and from what I understand the club will have a new home in two years and I’d love to be the one to lead them there.”