YM add new faces to freshen it up as entire squad also re-signs

Dean Wright has rejoined Horsham YMCA after a couple of seasons at Loxwood
Dean Wright has rejoined Horsham YMCA after a couple of seasons at Loxwood

Peter Buckland’s Horsham YMCA side are sitting pretty having retained the entire of last season’s squad and are keen to get back into action.

An indifferent start to last season ultimately cost them after a superb end to the campaign and the YM boss is looking to hit the ground running this term.

They have added a number of new faces including the returning Dean Wright, from Loxwood, Paul White, from Roffey and Sam Schaaf has joined permanently after ending last year on loan.

Ash Cave and Charlie and Harry Horner have also joined the side which has boasted impressive numbers for new coach Matt Thermo’s pre-season sessions.

Buckland said: “I have retained the entire squad from last season as I am firm believer in continuity and topping it up by bringing in a few new faces.

“I have freshened it up a bit which is something I should have done last season, but didn’t do, to my fault.

“We have had a good pre-season which is largely because of Matt Thermo, a coach I got in for it, and the players have really enjoyed it, if ever you can enjoy pre-season. They have done just as much running, but not noticed it because the ball is out.

“I think we underachieved last year. I underachieved as well as some players, because we have got the same squad and that same continuity with some new faces, it’s only a good thing.

“I think it will be the toughest league in a long, long time I really do.”

On starting the season well and new signings, Buckland, who will be assisted against by Dean Potter as well as coaches Lydon Buckwell and Thermo, added: “If we can carry on from where we finished with this group of players, we should do well.

“We underachieved last year which was disappointing, but I knew we did not need major surgery.

“It feels like Dean Wright has come home really. He was a YM boy for a long time and then broke his leg and dropped down a division in his comeback.

“He had a fantastic season with Loxwood is Division 2 - and to be fair last year as well - and stayed on, but wanted to come back now.”

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