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His managerial tenure may still be very much in its infancy but Danny Crow is pleased with how things are shaping up at Harleston Town – both on and off the pitch.

The former Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United frontman was named as Nicky Howell’s successor in mid-May, and he has been charged with the task of leading Harleston in their first ever campaign at Step 5.

And with pre-season training and friendlies now well under way, Crow is content with where things are at.

Danny Crow has enjoyed his start to life as Harleston manager. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Danny Crow has enjoyed his start to life as Harleston manager. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“It’s going very well and I’m really enjoying it,” said the 36-year-old. “There has been a lot of speaking to players and trying to build a structure – I think we’ve made a good start.

“Everyone at the football club – the volunteers, the chairman, the staff I inherited and the players, they’ve been fantastic and helped me a lot.

“On the football side of things we’ve been learning about each other. The lads have been getting to know me and Tom (Marsden, assistant) and how we want to work.

Experienced forward Nathan Stone holds the ball up during last weekend's friendly against Fakenham. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Experienced forward Nathan Stone holds the ball up during last weekend's friendly against Fakenham. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“From what I can see they’ve all been buying into it and the mood is good.”

In terms of recruitment, Crow has added the versatile Charlie Hitch following his departure from Mildenhall Town and Rob Turner, who arrives after scoring 16 goals from 27 appearances for lower-league Scole United last term.

Speaking about his two signings to date, Crow said: “I played with Charlie at Norwich United and he’s a lad I know well.

“He’s been at every training session and I’d say he’s been our stand-out player in the friendlies so far.

Harleston winger Connor Delaney looks to beat his marker during last weekend's friendly. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston winger Connor Delaney looks to beat his marker during last weekend's friendly. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“He can cover a few positions for us and so it was a no-brainer to bring him in. We’re delighted he’s committed himself to us.

“As for Rob, he’s someone Harleston have tried to sign before but he was enjoying his football at Scole. When I spoke to him I told him that at his age he should play as high as he can.

“I think he’s more than capable of playing at our level, either in midfield or in an attacking role, depending what system we play.”

There could be further incomings on the horizon, yet Crow is not planning to bring in too many more fresh faces.

He has inherited a squad that is used to winning matches and he is planning to utilise the players already at his disposal.

“We are still speaking to people about potentially coming in but we’ve got a very strong squad,” added Crow, who saw his side play out a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s home friendly with Fakenham Town.

“We don’t need many more signings. This is a club and a group of players that has become used to winning.

“I’d love to be able to take that into the new season. We’ve got a tough start at Brantham and then at home to Woodbridge, but we’ll be up for it.”

Harleston continue their build-up to the new campaign tomorrow against Norwich CEYMS at The FDC in Bowthorpe, Norwich (11am), followed on Tuesday by the visit of Gorleston (7.45pm).



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