‘THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE’, BOSS WARNS - City squad to meet for first time this year as pre-season starts
Morgan Coxhead is set to feature for Truro City in the St Piran League Photo Paul Williams
23rd June 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro City boss Paul Wotton says that his players will have nowhere to hide when pre-season training begins.
The White Tigers’ first team playing squad will meet for the first time this year after the 2020-21 Southern League campaign was scrapped due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic as they prepare for next term.
Wotton, along with his assistant Stewart Yetton, will put the City players through their paces over the coming weeks as they build up to a first friendly which takes place against South West Peninsula League Premier West outfit Dobwalls, at Lantoom Park on Wednesday, July 7.
Speaking exclusively to the Voice earlier this week, Wotton revealed just what pre-season will hold for his players.
He said: “We start on Thursday and we are looking forward to it tremendously because it has been a long time since we were all together.
“It will be tough because it’s pre-season and there will be no hiding whether you’re running with a football or running without a football. There will be a lot of conditioning work and we’ve got really good games lined up although the main thing in the first couple of weeks of pre-season is trying to stay injury free."
"We don’t want to go too quickly so in the first couple of sessions, there will be no sprinting or long passing. We want the players to get a feel the ball by getting their rhythm and eyes in. The players need to round each other again and this is all part of pre-season. As you go on, the games build up, they get harder and the training sessions get tougher so we will be ready to go on August 14.”
Looking at other areas of the club and with Truro City reserves accepted into the St Piran League after initially being denied a place after a vote by member clubs two weeks ago, Wotton was keen to stress that the inception of a second-string, for the first time since 2014, shows that his club are ‘forward thinking’.
“Truro is a city and the only one in Cornwall,” he added. “We should have a first team, reserve team, under-18s and an academy that will hopefully come next.”
“When I first took over, we had the first team and that’s it. We have moved really quickly as last year we had the under-18s who were really successful.”
“The reserves are the next logical step and whilst we’re disappointed, they are not in the Peninsula League, the players have to earn their right to get into the league, just like the first team do if we want to progress.”
“The reserves show what a forward-thinking football club we are and I know I harp on about it all the time, but things are changing. This is a step in the right direction as we are all trying our very best to progress the football club.”
Whilst reiterating the fact any player needs to ‘earn’ the right to play for any of Truro’s teams, Wotton is excited by a genuine pathway at the club from under-18 to first team level. The former Plymouth Argyle club captain and assistant manager also says that a reserve team has other benefits for the football club in terms of an opportunity for first team players to get minutes under their collective belts if recovering from injury or a lack of game time.
“There is a pathway now that if you do great for the under-18s you get into the reserve team and if you do great for the reserve team you get into the first team,”
Wotton revealed. “That is the way it should be at any football club and the biggest thing is that you need to earn that right. Some of our 18s are doing well and have got into the reserve team and the next step could be the first team. There are other benefits to a reserve team if players have a longterm injury and coming back from that they need a few minutes.”
“You also have players who might not have played for three or four weeks. That it is one of reasons a reserve team is there for players who haven’t been regularly playing for the first team to go down and get 90 minutes.”
Truro City have wasted little time in securing the services of a number of their successful under-18s team from last season, to play St Piran League football for the club’s reserve team in 2021-22.
Goalkeepers Morgan Coxhead and Brad Walters were the first two players to commit with manager John Fabby also adding experienced former Newquay boss Jim Hilton to his backroom staff.
Defender Jamie Edlin, the under 18s Players’ Player or the Year for 2020-21 has inked St Piran forms along with Kayden Gordon-Dunn, who has already trained with Wotton’s first team squad. Cameron Hirst, Oscar Marks, Harry Phillips, Josh Evans, Joe Moran and Charlie Bladen were also announced as City reserve players on Monday with more set to follow over pre-season.