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Folkestone Invicta are set to announce some new additions soon says manager Neil Cugley

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley isn't looking to make a host of changes but is looking to add some 'exciting players' to their ranks soon, writes Joe Harbert.

Invicta are yet to announce a list of retentions in their side so far this summer, with defender Nathaniel Blanks' move to Cray Valley the only significant in or out for the club during lockdown.

Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley hopes to announce new addition soon Picture: Paul Amos
Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley hopes to announce new addition soon Picture: Paul Amos

However, boss Cugley says fans shouldn't have to wait long before the club reveal where they are at with personnel when football resumes again.

He said: "We hope to make a statement in the coming days on where we are regarding players that are staying and ones we're talking to.

"Overall, we've had a good response, and it's no secret that we don't make massive changes at Folkestone because we always try to keep the squad together.

"Naturally in football you might have a couple leave and we hope to bring a couple in, so nothing dramatic, and that's all credit to the players now who have done well recently, so we always try and keep that loyalty going.

"The players we're definitely after should be quite exciting if we can get those over the line soon, and hopefully we should be able to give out names shortly as I mentioned.

"The spirit has always been good here and it's something we want to carry on when we get back as well, because we're in a good position in a lot of ways and financially we're okay as well."

With a potential start date for the return of non-league football rumoured to be in September, the 63-year-old believes the benefits were this to happen would be great for everyone involved at this level.

The country's longest-serving manager also praised the evolution of his Cheriton Road squad since their promotion to Isthmian Premier less than four years ago.

Cugley added: "People know we're a well run club and that means we're just waiting for the go ahead to start again on the field - if we can that in September I think that will be a real relief to everybody.

"It will be great for people to get back at that time - at the moment you miss everything from the fans to the players, so of course that would be nice.

"You don't fill many of the grounds at non-league level too, so there is more distancing and that side of things is fairly good in some ways.

"Folkestone's capacity is more than 4,000, so if we were even told that we could have 50% or even 25% of that, we are more than capable of doing so."

He continued: "But on the field, we're delighted with how well we've achieved in this league, especially recently - the year we first went up we struggled slightly but in the three years since we've done well and learnt a lot during that time.

"To get where we are now shows we've worked hard and we have to be pleased, especially in such a strong league, and obviously we want that to continue when we return."

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