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Jul 02

Hockaday confident for new season

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday has urged his players to make a ‘giant leap forward’ during the 2012/13 season after missing out on the play-offs last campaign.
The off-season has seen the club bolster its striking options immensely as it looks to reach its highest ever league position, writes Simon Clark.
The 54-year-old said: “My job is to improve things and we were genuinely gutted not to make the playoffs last campaign so this season we want to improve.
“We want to finish higher than 10th and gain more than 70 points; if we do that we’ll have to see where it takes us.
“I have to believe that the young group of players I’ve had from last season will get better, we’ve added four more strikers, and I believe that they will improve the team massively as well; if that proves to be the case then we’re in for a very exciting time.”
With Reece Styche back to full fitness, Matt Taylor and James Norwood coming off great seasons, and the acquisitions of Omar Koroma, Ben Wright, Phil Marsh and Magno Vieira, Hockaday believes the competition has meant the players have ‘hit the ground running’ during the first days of pre-season training.
“The strikers know and appreciate how it’s going to work, its up to each and every one of them, every day, to get the shirt and keep the shirt”, Hockaday insisted.
“The competition is very good and very healthy and they’re aware of that. We’ll see how it goes during pre-season and then we’ll see.”
The season marks an exciting team for the football club, and Hockaday is pleased at how the club has changed under Dale Vince.
“I think everybody is aware that something positive is happening at Forest Green Rovers, we’ve got brilliant things happening off the field; everything from the stadium, to the improvement of the car park to the pitch, which I’m told will be even better this year.
“We’re going to play super football, I hope, and hopefully we can turn this all into very positive results.”

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