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Tonbridge Angels start their pre-season away to Sutton Common Rovers

Tonbridge Angels will give half-a-dozen trialists a chance to impress when they return to action tomorrow (Friday).

Steve McKimm's side are away to Sutton Common Rovers in their first pre-season friendly - less than seven weeks since they clinched promotion to National League South.

With at least one midfield spot up for grabs, there's an opportunity for the free agents to shine.

Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Chris Davey
Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Chris Davey

McKimm said: "We’ll have two teams and start whittling down to get the final squad.

"We’ve got six or seven trialists, some that came recommended and some that phoned up and sent CVs in.

"We’re open to anything, which we have to be with our budget and we’ll have a good look at them between now and Sittingbourne (on July 6) and then make a decision.

"We’re only a couple of players away. I need another central midfielder, maybe two, and that’s it really.

"I would say we’re two players away from completing our squad to start the season and then who knows what happens as the season goes on?

"It’s all new to a lot of my players who signed on from last year."

Tonbridge's players reported back on Saturday and have already been put through three sessions.

McKimm said: "It’s good to be back.

"The first couple of weeks (after the season) you want that break but managers don’t get one because you’re on the phone, sorting out pre--season games and sorting out players.

"It’s good for the boys to have a little bit of time off and when they come back into it, they’re raring to go.

"They have to do a fair amount of hard work, running-wise, stuff with the ball and it’s how you mix it up.

"Some people want to do it all with a ball, others do it with and without the ball and it’s each manager’s preference. No-one’s right and no-one’s wrong.

"You see a lot of things go out on social media about ‘don’t run them too much, everything needs to be done with a ball’ but my players will have a ball at certain times but at other times, they don’t have a ball.

"They see as much of the ball as they do running, you’ve just got to find that balance.

"They all do a lot of work outside of it to keep themselves fit when they come back so you top that up and wait for the games to come along because that’s the real test."

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