Ilford manager Allan Fenn happy with squad ahead of new Essex Senior League season

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 July 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Cricklefields outfit looking to improve on fifth position this year and have recruited well during summer

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is pleased with the squad he has built for the 2016/17 Essex Senior League campaign.

The Foxes finished fifth last season and put in a number of impressive performances along the way.

Fenn has added to his squad and crucially been able to keep hold of the key players at the club.

It has boosted his belief that Ilford can do even better than last year and finish higher up than fifth in the table.

“What has been pleasing is we have had quality, over quantity, coming over and looking to join,” said Fenn.

“One of our biggest challenges having no budget is keeping hold of players and four or five got approached.

“They were asked if they wanted to play for another club and would get paid, but all of them turned it down.

“It would have been good money as well so I’m delighted they see what we are trying to build here.”

Ilford have added a number of players with Essex Senior League experience and brought Eden Nelson back to the club.

He was at Basildon for most of last season and impressed, but departed in the summer with the whole squad after previous boss Craig Gillam left the Bees.

Fenn added: “I’ve brought in Joe Killingback from Wingate & Fincley, he has been with Barking before and played plenty of times in the league.

“Ricky Mackin has signed and is an experienced boy while Sipho Mtyanda, of Barking and Basildon, has joined.

“Eden has returned, he is a good forward and Connor Lane has joined from Southend so some really good lads.

“We want to make a real fist of it this year, it is going to be a hard league, but we believe we can improve on what we did last season.”

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