Diss Town manager Mark Reeve conceded he is using the end of season to ‘experiment’ with one eye already on next season.
Having already had their relegation from the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division confirmed at the beginning of the month, the following matches, which started with a 1-1 draw with also relegated Ely City on Saturday, have offered Reeve the opportunity to give fringe players some game time.
And ahead of travelling to Haverhill Rovers tomorrow (3pm) the manager admitted he will continue to try new things as he prepares to hit the ground running in the First Division next season.
“Because we have already been relegated it is difficult to make much from games, we have bigger things to worry about at the minute,” said Reeve, whose side sit two points above basement-boys Ely.
“What games do give us are a combination of things. They are free games in a way and although we don’t want to embarrass ourselves in any matches there is no point repeating what we have done throughout the season; we can experiment without the pressure.
“I don’t think pride comes in to it at this stage and being honest finishing bottom doesn’t concern me at all.
“Pride was on the line when the games mattered but now we have the opportunity to try new things with the focus of hitting the ground running next season.
“We can’t afford to waste games at the start of next season and so we have to start getting things sorted early.”
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And with preparations already under way for next season, Reeve admitted talks had already begun regarding assembling next year’s first-team squad.
That includes holding discussions with current squad players, with the manager confirming he is confident about a key duo, captain Jacob Brown and defender Ben Lewis, putting pens to paper on new deals at Brewers Green lane.
“I think most of the players will be looking to stay and we are not anticipating losing any of the lads we want to keep,” added Reeve.
“Jacob Brown and Ben Lewis should be signed up by next week and others have also verbally agreed that they will be staying.
“Obviously that could change but we are hopeful.
“Then it will be a case of seeing where we stand and looking at bringing in other additions.”