On the eve of a new season we catch up with club Chairman Tony Thomas to share his thoughts on how preparation for life in the Welsh Alliance has gone.
Tony how ready do you feel the club are to make an impression on the Welsh Alliance?
I think its true to say after having the body blow of losing both Geoff and Darren Cartright so close to the start of preseason. We soon regrouped and we made a couple of really important appointments into the club on a commercial level to give us the impetus we needed to move forward.
What was the hardest part of taking on the position of Chairman.
Without a doubt it was meeting Perry our Manager and convincing both him and Alun (Winstanley) that nothing had changed. Fortunately I was on the selection board when appointing Perry so I think that helped.
You obviously get on well with Perry?
Absolutely whatever happens this season I know that this club could not have a more motivated and professional manager than Perry. He is the only manager I have ever worked with who has gone out and brought in a significant part of his team budget. The signings he has made speak volumes about how the guy is respected in the game.
Will you win this league?
That is a hard one as I am sure that their are a few other Chairmen and Managers out there who share our ambitions. All I can say is I am looking forward to visiting new grounds and meeting new people and if we can get promoted and a good run in the cups then that is a bonus for us.
Time to sit back and enjoy the season?
God I wish. The one thing I have found out about running a football club is its 24/7 not just for myself but that applies to our board as well. Over the coming Months we have to try to get our large stand back in use and complete with new seating and resolve some planning issues to name just a few priorities.
From last season you have a complete new squad how does that feel?
The hardest bit has been trying to remember all the names but I am getting there with that. It has been great watching them all come together over the last few weeks.
How about your very local player Tommy Creamer?
Well they do not come anymore local than Tommy he lives three doors away from the ground. I was delighted to have him sign for us, I have watched him since he was playing for his dad in the youth league. Couple of things that I remember was a hat trick from him in under four minutes one evening. As well as being the best ball boy we ever had at the club with every ball returned... I hope he has a great season as I believe he has a great future in the game.
Updated 10:06 - 18 Aug 2017 by Andrew Brockbank