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Jun 10

Forest Green chairman reacts to reprieve

Forest Green Rovers may have had a lucky reprieve but non-excutive chairman David Drew believes life in the Blue Square Bet Premier will provide challenges for the Nailsworth club.

The failure of Salisbury City’s appeal has seen Rovers escape relegation but the prolonged uncertainty has left manager David Hockaday playing catch-up to build a squad ahead of pre-season training.

Mr Drew said the race was now on to prepare for the coming season.

He said: “We are delighted with the reprieve but it does bring hardships with it. We now have to build our squad and we do still have money problems but this does open up a chance to increase revenue.

“There are still other issues we need to sort out which is why we are continuing to meet regularly as a board.”

The former MP said the club was now fully focussed on the future.

“It is a reprieve we may not deserve,” he said. “But we will grab the opportunity with both hands.

“We will stick with a core squad of full time players, with some part timers which will add variety. We will also draw on our academy, it is the way that many clubs will be going.

“It is sad for Salisbury but if they had got away with it a precedent would have been set. It doesn’t take a genius to work out they were spending more than they were receiving.”

Ready for the future - David Drew

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