Next Game: Pre-Season Friendly - Melksham Town Away on Saturday 7th July

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Trialists Set For Bulls Test

Bulls boss Martin Foyle expects a number of trialists to be present when the Bulls start pre-season training tomorrow.

The new boss and assistant Andy Porter will start with 13 players signed up and, according to his interview with the BBC's Non-League Show last night, at least five trialists.

He told the show the Bulls were a "good, friendly club", adding: "There were 29 (players) here, 19 have gone. No fault of our own, we've got to cut the budget in half. The bite of relegation was enormous. We've got to build from scratch again and hopefully we can be a good, sound, club again in 12 months."

When asked by the studio guests about the plan being a 2-3 year one to get back into the League: "If you're realistic - yeah. Give credit to the chairman he is realistic. He knows how much money he's pumped into the club in the last two years and, from mine and Andy's point of view, it's the right decision. But once we're organised and got a few players in - who knows."

On player recruitment: "It's important that we've got to get the changing room right. Apparently last year wasn't too brilliant but that was probably because there were too many players. When I was at Northwich there were some excellent players in the Evo-Stik Premier, no question about it. Unfortunately, cause I got the job just a little bit late, I missed out on two or three that have signed for other Conference sides.

"We've signed James Bittner and Luke Graham from Forest Green. They had another year on their contracts but we've managed to get them out on a good deal that was great for myself. We've put in offers for four or five other players now but they're all holding out for the best deals. Hopefully over the next three or four days some more will land on our lap and we can get them in for pre-season.

"We've got five or six trialists coming in and, hopefully, they've got the right to earn a contract."

When asked by host Caroline Barker about how Foyle would quell supporters' expectations, he added: "We had a fans forum about ten days ago. It was probably the best thing for myself to get out and speak to them and tell them exactly how it is.

"Give credit to the supporters, they were 100% behind us. They know the situation. It's really having that communication together they understand what's ahead but they were positive. If we have to go with a 17 man squad and hit the loan market at the right time then that's what we've got to do."