Manager Jez Corthorn says HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE are determined to be “challenging for silverware” in the Notts Senior League (NSL) next season.
The departure of near-neighbours BULWELL, who have been runaway champions for the past two seasons, has opened up the league’s title race.
And Rolls want to take full advantage of The Bulls’ switch to the Central Midlands League (CML).
Speaking at the club’s annual presentation night, Corthorn said: “Although we finished in our highest position of fourth last season, I was disappointed we didn’t secure runners-up after our poor form at the end.
“Having said that, we are very positive for next season and, with new players expected to be added to our young squad, we need to be challenging for silverware.”
Corthorn (43) has appointed ex-club captain Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass as his new assistant manager, to replace Paul Jordan, whom the club hope will remain on the management team.
Wass steps up from boss of Rolls Reserves, who finished a respectable fourth in the NSL’s First Division last term -- the highest position of any reserve-team in any Nottinghamshire league.
He looks likely to be replaced as reserve-team chief by his assistant, Graeme Wright, well-known former Rolls player and also one of the town’s best cricketers of recent years.
Off the field, Rolls are planning to have more work done during the summer on the changing rooms at their Rolls-Royce Leisure Club ground off Watnall Road. This is to bring them up to the standard required if they too choose, in the future, to follow Bulwell and Linby Colliery Welfare into the CML.
The main award-winner at the presentation night was defender Greg Conn, who was voted first-team managers’ player of the year and also shared the players’ player of the year accolade with Jack Allen. Danny Tring swept up both awards for the reserves.