Faili: The best squad I've had

Jamie Crellin is one of five signings at Three Bridges

Jamie Crellin is one of five signings at Three Bridges

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Paul Faili is confident he has assembled the best squad he has ever had at Three Bridges.

Bridges have successfully fought against relegation in their two seasons to date in the Ryman League.

They enjoyed an excellent run in the second half of last season to pull clear of danger, just as they had in 2012-13.

Now Faili is hoping relegation struggles will be a thing of the past for the men at Jubilee Field.

The Bridges boss has made five new signings while retaining all of his key players from last season.

Among the new faces are former Hastings United pair Jamie Crellin and Matt Whitehead.

Goalkeeper Kieron Thorp has joined from Horsham while striker Ben Godfrey has moved from Peacehaven.

Former Worthing and Eastbourne Town midfielder John Lansdale completes the list of new arrivals, having finished last season at Crawley Down Gatwick.

Former Southampton striker Tony Garrod, who scored 21 goals last season after joining from Eastbourne Borough, and one-time Crawley Town forward Allan Tait, who made a big impression at the end of the campaign, are confirmed as staying along with the hugely influential Lee Carney.

The only players who have left are forward Elliott Romain, to Lewes, and goalkeeper Martin Grant, who is going travelling.

Faili said: “I am absolutely elated by the squad I have. They are all done and dusted and now it is a case of the players getting to know each other.

“I have never had a side of this quality. We are talking about players who are experienced but are still only 22 or 23 – the likes of Crellin, Whitehead and Lansdale.

“Then you have people like Lee Carney, Nigel Brake, Allan Tait and Ben Godfrey. This is a good squad and hopefully we will be comfortably mid-table.”

Faili believes the most exciting aspect of his squad is its ability to score goals.

The loss of 17-goal Romain is a blow but the Bridges boss believes he has lots of options in attack.

He said: “Allan Tait’s reputation is different class and Tony Garrod’s reputation is building. Then you add Ben Godfrey to that as well.

“Ben, like Tony, is a Crawley boy and it is like he is coming home.”

Former Portsmouth Academy player Connor O’Hara will provide competition to Thorp for the No.1 jersey.

Simon Wormull, meanwhile, has been appointed head coach to work with Faili.

Former Lewes boss Wormull had a spell out of the game last season after stepping down as Crawley Down manager.

Three Bridges will host Crawley Town in a pre-season friendly on Monday July 28.

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