New squad, new boss and a new era beckons for Godmanchester Rovers

New Godmanchester Rovers manager Adie Cambridge. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

New Godmanchester Rovers manager Adie Cambridge. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers are going into a new era with a new manager and a new set of players – and club stalwart Nev Nania can’t wait to be part of it.

Nania was boss of the Rovers side that finished as runners-up in 2014-15 and was director of football last term when Matt Clements steered them to second place again, but Clements and an entire squad of players have departed to leave new chief Adie Cambridge with an unexpected rebuilding job.

Nania, who has a background role in the new management team, said: “We have to be proud to have seen so many of our players step up to higher levels this summer. It is obviously tough for the club that they all moved on at the same time, but we are focused on the future and building another exciting squad.

“There are a lot of new faces while other players will come through from the Under 18 and reserve sides. The lads have all been training and playing with a real purpose in pre-season and I’m confident we can consolidate in mid-table while a new team takes shape.

“We have the perfect manager to oversee it in Adie. He expected to inherit a side in with a big chance of winning the league, but he is really up for the challenge of rebuilding and is used to working with younger players from his previous role at Royston Town Reserves.

“I’m sure the club can grow again under Adie and Matty Haniver, who is a fantastic coach, to be in a position to challenge for titles and trophies.”

Rovers start with an FA Cup extra preliminary round clash against fellow Premier Division side Great Yarmouth tomorrow at the David Wilson Homes Ground.

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Their opening league outing is at Saffron Walden on Tuesday.


League: Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Last season: 2nd

Manager: Adie Cambridge

New signings: Richard Brandon (goalkeeper), Richard Stainsby (goalkeeper), Alex Brown (defender), Christian Le (defender), Robert Gwynne (defender), Harry Moran (midfielder), Josh Sewell (midfielder), Jack Jefferson (midfielder), Reece King (midfielder), Ellis King (midfielder), Chris Jones (striker), Arran Mackay (striker), Chae Simons (striker).

Departures: Niall Conroy (goalkeeper), Lewis McDonald (defender), Tom Moran (defender), Charlie Bowen (defender), Lloyd Groves (defender), Jonny Hall (defender), Jack Watson (midfielder), Simon Unwin (midfielder), Micky Hyem (midfielder), Tom Spark (midfielder), Austen Diaper (midfielder), Luke Seaber-Shinn (midfielder), Luke Brown (striker).