Hucknall Town are left in limbo

Hucknall Town are awaiting news of what league and what level they will be involved in next season.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 1:41 pm
Hucknall town manager Andy Graves.

But boss Andy Graves says if a restructure means they get an unexpected promotion he is not worried about playing at a higher level.

“We have no idea if we will be promoted under the restructure,” he said.

“We believe we will be going into the Combined Counties but we're not sure if that is into Division One or what I think they call the North Division we don't know.

“The current season is null and void so promotion does not exist. So it will be interesting to see how they sort it. It is all up in the air.”

However, Graves said the uncertainty would not affect his squad plans.

“If we had got promoted I would only be looking for two or three at the most anyway,” he said.

“We've had a couple of lads with long term injuries who are now fit so that will be like a new pair of signings for us.

“We have no real reason to get rid of anybody. They know I am loyal to them and they are loyal to me.

“That's how we operate at Hucknall and I think that's why we have done as well as we have.

“We are not chopping and changing 12 players every season. We might just need a little bit of strengthening.”

Graves had 40 players turn up for a training session last week, including a couple of trialists, and was also planning to look at four reserve team youngsters in a friendly with the club's Sunday team on Wednesday night, designed to help the Sunday team prepare for a cup semi-final.

“If we were coming back competitively I would not be worried about the lads' fitness as they have all looked after themselves and I would not expect anything different from them,” he said.

“But we are just going through the motions if I am absolutely honest. We were going to be in a competition organised by Carlton. But that needed supporters in and we have not heard anything more about that. There is a mini tournament being organised for pre-season which does make sense.

“I think we will come back in at the end of June and look to gearing up for whatever league we are in.

“The pre-season I plan will tick both scenarios wherever we play.”

"I am not worried about that.

“We have three pre-season games pencilled in already so I am probably more prepared for pre-season than normal.”