We were clear that we wanted to keep the majority of the squad that had brought much joy and success to the club, says newly-promoted Cray Valley boss Kevin Watson

Saturday 15th June 2019

CRAY VALLEY (Paper Mills) manager Kevin Watson has not yet revealed who will be playing for the club ahead of their Isthmian League debut campaign.


The Eltham based Millers sealed promotion after winning the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title and were defeated 3-1 after extra time by Chertsey Town in The Buildbase FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium on 19 May.

“The FA Vase meant that we have been delayed in our preparation for next season,” said Watson.

“I made a pledge not to discuss next season with the players until after the Vase campaign had finished.

“It was always my intention to speak to our playing squad prior to speaking to any perspective new signings.

“As a management team, we were clear that we wanted to keep the majority of the squad that had brought much joy and success to the club.

“Whilst there is an element of loyalty involved, we maintained that many of the players we had were good enough to compete at the next level.

“The harsh nature of football at this level means that playing personnel will change from season to season.

“In order for a player to stay at a club there are several factors that must be amicable for the player and the club.

“As with new signings, there are many variables to be considered for both parties – location, level, financial, vision, personality, commitment and ability.

“I have spoken to the players and although some will move on, we will have new players coming in as we look forward to the new season.”

The Millers begin their pre-season campaign – ahead of their Isthmian South East Division debut campaign – with a trip to Chislehurst to play Glebe on Saturday 6 July 2019.

One of Glebe’s summer signings was former Cray Valley’s right-back Chris Edwards, who was cup-tied for Wembley, having played for Sheppey United in The FA Vase earlier on in the season.

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