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Chatham Town manager Kevin Watson already has one eye on who he will recruit for next season

By Luke Cawdell

Chatham head into their final game in title-winning form but it won’t stop boss Kevin Watson looking for new recruits in the summer.

Watson, whose side could finish 11th in Ryman League Division 1 North with a win at Needham Market on Saturday, has already got one eye on next season.

He said: “We are going to finish 11th or 12th and so it has been a far from perfect season.

“I would be looking to bring four or five faces in over the summer and if we retain most of the current squad then they will have to be good players. We want to build on what we have done and go again.”

Kevin Watson

In the last eight weeks Chatham have played 18 games, winning 13 of those and drawing two.

It’s a run of form that has meant the club could well achieve the 70 points that Watson targeted before the start of the season, with a win on the road this weekend.

Chatham will travel without Jamie Lawrence, after he pulled a calf in the 2-1 win over Waltham Forest on Monday.

The season might be finishing this weekend but that desire to keep improving means Watson won’t be resting.

“There is a lot of work to be done and it needs to be done correctly,” said the Chats boss. "It can be a quiet time for the players but it’s when a manager earns his crust.”

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