Barnstaple Town look to bring in new U18 squad

Barnstaple Town are looking to bring in a new U18 squad to help strengthen the club.

Chairman Jasmine Chesters said she hoped to introduce the new team ‘as soon as possible’ and is looking for potential players and managers to come forward.

The need for depth at the club has been highlighted over the course of this season’s campaign.

Barum currently sit second from bottom in Evo-Stik League South West, with just two of last season’s squad still at the club following the departure of Barry Yeo at the end of the last term.

More players have been and gone after Richard Pears stepped down as manager last month, and Chesters and managers Kevin Darch and Dave Griffiths are looking to youth for the future.

Darch said: “We want to change the structure of the club, because there’s nothing to fall back on at the moment.

“We want some youth and we need people to realise it’s not just about the results today.

“We need to do this over a period of time and in three or four years the club will be in a much better place.”

The new squad is likely to be discussed when the club holds a supporters forum on Thursday, January 18.

Chesters said the forum, which starts at the clubhouse at 7pm, will be a good chance for fans to find out about the club’s plans for the future, as well as ask questions.

She said: “I want to bring supporters up to date with what has happened over the past year and what is planned for the future.

“Both of the managers will be there to tell you all about the team that they have put together and how they see it going forward.

“I really hope that people will come along to hear what is said and put constructive proposals forward.”

Anyone interested in being involved with the U18 squad can contact Jasmine Chesters at jbchesters4@gmail.com

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