MANAGER Clive Jones was “pleased” with the turnout at Wellington Football Club’s first serious pre-season training session at the Playing Field on Thursday of last week.
“I think everyone was there who I wanted - and the session went well,” he said. “I didn’t speak to the players individually because I’ve already done that.
“I told the players I already expected them to be pretty fit - and to have kept themselves in good shape during the summer.”
“A number of players signed for the club on the night. Until they actually sign you’re never quite sure.”
Jones, however, is aware that other clubs are interested in first team captain Tom Ellis who led the side to the first division championship in the Toolstation League last season.
Centre-back Ellis is Bridgwater-based and his home town club, relegated from the Southern League last season, are one of those sides wanting to sign him.
“I’ve made it known I don’t want to lose him,” added Jones. “But Bridgwater have got some money and obviously that would be attractive. Tom has taken his signing on form with him so I’m not sure what he’s doing at the moment.”
One of the players at Wellington’s first training session was teenage defender Tom Stone, who played in all of Taunton Town’s Somerset Premier Cup games last season. Stone scored in one of the games as Taunton went on to retain the trophy.
Stone played mostly for Wellington’s league rivals Bishops Lydeard last winter.
Meanwhile, Wellington have been drawn at home to Hengrove Athletic, the side they pipped for the first division title last season, in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday, August 5. The winners of this tie will receive £1,500.
They also have a home tie in the opening round of the FA Vase - against Wells City.
Jones commented: “I had hoped we would have been drawn against sides from another league. That’s the excitement of entering these competitions.”