Dereham Town boss Henman is not interested in Norfolk-based Ryman League 'fight' for players
PUBLISHED: 18:19 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:19 23 June 2016
Relaxed Matt Henman is happy for Dereham Town's Norfolk rivals to scrap it out for Ryman League recruitment.
Division One North new-boys Norwich United have added a host of new arrivals this summer following promotion while Wroxham – who only stayed up by virtue of a relegation reprieve – are also likely to need reinforcements this summer. And while the manager of the Norfolk Senior Cup winners admits he has “three or four irons in the fire” he doesn’t expect a hectic period of transfer activity because at least 95pc of his squad appear set to remain at Aldiss Park.
The Magpies boss, who last year lost the services of six key players, said: “We don’t have to go out and push hard to look for players. We’ve got a few contracts that have rolled over and generally speaking a lot of the players really feel part of an excellent club. There’s a really good spirit here.
“In the second half of the season, once everybody had bedded in, it was as good as I can remember. People saw that in the Senior Cup final. It’s been quite an easy summer in comparison to last year. I feel quite relaxed about where we’re at but if good players become available who can strengthen us then of course we’d look at trying to bring them in. We’ve got three or four irons in the fire.”
The return of midfielder Dawid Radomski has already boosted Dereham’s options ahead of their fourth season at Step Four of the non-league ladder. The Pole joined the Magpies before the start of last term from Lowestoft but returned to his homeland before a competitive ball had been kicked. He is now heading back to the area though and has committed his future to Dereham as they target a fourth top-half finish in the hope of once again being the county’s highest-ranked side in the division.
Henman, inset, added: “The derbies are going to be great. They’ll create more interest which should get more people through the gate and we’ll have less travelling to do for another match, which can only be good.
“That’s why it’s also good that we’ve got a settled squad because we don’t want to be in that race to sign players. It seems Wroxham and Norwich United are potentially fighting it out to try and sign the same players but we don’t have to be involved in that fight.”