‘Experience is key’ says Tudors boss Brennan as pre-season nears

Hemel Hempstead Town FC management duo Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Hemel Hempstead Town FC management duo Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Tudors boss Dean Brennan believes that a blend of youth and experience could be key next season as his side look to build on a promising debut Conference South campaign.

Hemel have been busy in the transfer market this summer, and a new-look side will take to the field when the Tudors kick-off the 2015/16 season.

Brennan admits that there is still work to be done, but is challenging his players to build momentum over the pre-season schedule.

“I couldn’t tell you yet the team for the first game of the season – it’s down to the players to nail down their spot during pre-season,” said the Hemel boss. “All I can do is put a squad together to the best of my ability.

“This time last year everyone would have said Toomey and Mackey would have been our main strikers for the season, nobody was even talking about Hawkins and look how well he did. That’s how football changes.

“The biggest thing for us next season is that we have to be a team; if we don’t play as a team, we won’t achieve anything. We were quite individual last year in that Parkesy did the business for us and some of the other players didn’t step up to the plate.

“This year there will be no excuses for the players – we’ve got a great new training facility and it will fall on my head if we don’t get the results.”

Hemel will have a more experienced look about them next season – a trait which Brennan has actively been looking to bring to the side.

“We’ve got experience in, which is vital,” he said. “We want seven experienced players in our squad and 12 hungry kids.”

Brennan continued: “Don’t get me wrong, Matty Spring isn’t going to be the same player that he was when he was playing for Watfrd or Luton – we know that. But what he will bring is professionalism around the camp, and he will show these young boys the right direction.

“It’s the same with Tyrell Forbes – he may not have the speed or physicality he once had, but he is smart and he will always make the right decisions, because of his experience.

“These guys will be great to have around the place, because we didn’t have that experience last season – we only had Dennis Oli once Danny Talbot moved on.

“So we are hoping that these experienced players will work well with the youngsters and we can build from there. It won’t start from day one, it will take a while for everything to gel, but hopefully we can hit the ground running.”