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Diss Town's joint managers working towards getting their ideas across during pre-season

Pre-season training got under way at Diss Town last night – and joint boss Mark Sutcliffe has stressed how important the next few weeks are going to be.

Sutcliffe – along with Matt Coote – took charge of the Tangerines last September after Michael King had taken the decision to step down at Brewers Green Lane.

Attracting players part-way through a season – as well as having limited time on the training pitch – meant it was an inconsistent few months for the management duo, who oversaw a disappointing 13th-placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

Diss Town managers Mark Sutcliffe and Matt Coote are overseeing their first pre-season in charge. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss Town managers Mark Sutcliffe and Matt Coote are overseeing their first pre-season in charge. Picture: Mark Bullimore

However, with a batch of training sessions and six friendlies ahead of them – plus the impact of new first-team coach Garth Good – Sutcliffe is looking forward to getting their ‘ideas across’.

He said: “The next few weeks leading up to the season are going to be very important.

“I think one of the biggest signings this summer is going to be Garth because he brings a lot of experience and has a good track record of developing and coaching young players.

“It’s really important that we hit the ground running from the first session because we want it to be a big season.

“We’ve got six friendlies against a mix of opponents and a lot of players will be given an opportunity to show what they’re about.

“We’ve got a vision of how we want to do things and pre-season will be about getting those ideas across to the players.”

In terms of incomings, earlier this month the Tangerines announced the arrivals of Ben Jones and Jordan Attree from higher-league Mulbarton Wanderers and Fakenham Town respectively.

On those two additions, Sutcliffe said: “We’re very happy to have got those two lads in.

“They were targets right from the moment we came in last September.

“It was tough to get in the players we wanted last season for various reasons but we’ve stayed patient and waited until pre-season.

“To get players like Ben Jones and Jordan Attree in so quickly, that gives us a good headstart.”

As far as further signings are concerned, Sutcliffe is hopeful more recruits are in the pipeline.

He added: “There could end up being a bit of a turnaround – maybe five, six or seven players coming in.

“That is no disrespect to the players that were here last year, but this club wants to be in the Premier Division and you get there by bringing in quality players and creating competition for places.

“We’ll hopefully have a fairly big squad, especially early on because there are going to be a lot of games.”

Diss will host Scole United in their first friendly next Saturday (1pm).

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