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Folkestone Invicta manger Neil Cugley rules out further signings

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley has no interest in signing any more players this summer.

Cugley is more than happy with his 18-man squad following the additions of Ryan Johnson, Ade Yusuff and Kieron McCann.

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Barry Goodwin
Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Barry Goodwin

The trio have joined a settled group at Cheriton Road and Cugley said: “We’re not looking for any more players.

“Obviously a club like us work on a budget and we’ll go with what we’ve got now.

“Even if someone became available who we liked, we wouldn’t do it.

“We’ve had a few players who wanted to come on trial but we’re pleased with the squad we’ve got.

“We’ve never had it this good with 18 players before.”

Folkestone made it two wins out of two in friendlies with a 3-1 victory over National South club Welling on Saturday.

David Smith gave them an early lead from Alfie Paxman’s cross, Paxman made it two and Ian Draycott completed the scoring.

Cugley said: “It was a good work-out. To be fair to Welling, they had a lot of trialists and you could see we’d been together quite a long time. That was the big difference on the day.

“We’re geared up for the season - we got the players we wanted and the friendlies we wanted.

“If we hadn’t been manic doing the ground up, and getting that looking nice, it would have been a quiet time for us!”

Folkestone host another National South club this Saturday when Eastbourne Borough come to Cheriton Road, with Chatham the visitors on Tuesday.

“I think Eastbourne will be one of the hardest games we have,” said Cugley. “The manager, Danny Bloor, is a bit like me in that he knows what he’s got, so he won’t have loads of trialists.

“Like me, he’ll pretend he doesn’t like friendlies but he won’t want to lose.

“He’s a good friend of mine but you want to beat your friends, and have a beer after.”

Scott Heard and McCann have been struggling with knee injuries but Invicta are hoping it’s nothing serious.

“We’re trying to get them sorted,” said Cugley. “Hopefully they’re short-term injuries and we don’t get too many more between now and the start of the season.”

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