Boss Adie Cambridge insists there is no crisis at Godmanchester Rovers despite losing almost a full squad of players.
The back-to-back Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division runners-up have been hit by a mass summer exodus. Former boss Matt Clements stepped down in May with a stack of players then moving on – several to higher-levels while others have made sideways switches.
“There is no crisis at all,” stated Cambridge. “We have lost the vast majority of a very good squad, but that’s football at this level.
“Players do move around and I don’t think it is anything myself or the club have done. No-one was offered less money than they were on last year.
“Some have gone higher to better themselves and others have gone sideways as they feel that will be more competitive for them.
“It may take a few weeks to rebuild this team and that’s a job I’m loving.
“My ambition when I came in was to win the league. Having lost so many players, we are not realistically going to do that, but there is no chance we will be in a relegation fight either.”
Only defender Tom Moran of last season’s squad has put pen to paper. The club claimed Micky Hyem had committed to staying earlier this summer, but he clinched a move to St Neots Town yesterday - the fourth Rovers man to make that switch after Taylor Parr, Jonny Hall and Tom Spark.
Cambridge saw his new-look team beaten 5-0 at United Counties League Premier Division side Yaxley in their first pre-season friendly last Saturday, but they delivered a much-improved display when only going down 2-0 to a higher-level Soham Town Rangers side featuring two of their departed players in Lewis McDonald and Lloyd Groves.
Several others, including highly-rated goalkeeper Niall Conroy, have stepped up to another Step 4 side, Histon, where Clements is now assistant boss after opting not to take the break from the game he claimed he required when resigning from the Godmanchester hotseat back in May.
Jack Watson, Austen Diaper and Charlie Bowen all opted to stay in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division by going to Newmarket Town.
Meanwhile, back at Rovers, coach Matt Hanniver has been asked to play a full part on-pitch this season while Cambridge is also ready to play regularly despite celebrating his 42nd birthday last weekend.
Former Peterborough Northern Star utility man Christian Le has agreed to sign for Rovers who host Huntingdon United tomorrow and then entertain AFC Sudbury on Tuesday, July 26.