Bedford Town have been busy retaining players and making additions to their squad in preparation for the new season, thought to be starting in mid-September after the coronavirus outbreak changed the timings of the Southern League.
Mark Ducket, appointed by the Eagles towards the end of the “season that never was”, has kept his backroom staff the same as they look to kick on from their mid table position when the season was curtailed early.
Connor Tomlinson, who will again play a key role for the Eagles once more, enters the second year of his contract while also helping run the club’s new academy side which will be launched later in the season. Tomlinson also received the Supporter’s Player of the Season.
Other players to remain include Dan Walker, Carl Mensah and Jake Newman, who both joined from local rivals Kempston Rovers, plus the ever present Brett Longdon and local lad Joe Steele, who has turned out for Bedford Town on 42 occasions. Prolific goalscorer Tom Hitchcock also remains on the books.
Also returning for the new campaign is keeper Jamie Greygoose who joined from Eynesbury Rovers in February as well as new club captain Ross Watson, who also joined in February from Yaxley and will sure up the defence when the games start coming thick and fast.
With familiar names in defence and attack, it is in midfield where the biggest changes are seen with former MK Dons player Will Summerfield – a former loanee at the Eagles in 2014 – joining on a permanent basis along with Jordan Brown, who began his career at Cambridge United who signs from Eynesbury Rovers.
Also joining is 19 year old Drew Richardson, who leaves local side Biggleswade Town to play at the Eyrie, having been released from Luton Town after ten years as an academy player.
Bedford Town’s targets for the coming season are challenging, with Mark Ducket aiming for promotion from the Southern League Central Division One.
The addition of some big names, including Summerfield, who caused problems across this division last season for Berkhamstead, will certainly help with the Eagles fire power up front, on paper at least, looking formidable.
With details of the new season yet to be released, Ducket has plenty of time to add to his already strong-looking squad as they aim for bigger and better things.