Thursday, August 1, 2013
Exmouth Town have signed experienced striker Jamie Mudge to lead the line in their forthcoming South West Peninsula League Premier Division campaign, writes Steve Birley.
Town boss Richard Pears is delighted to have secured the hit man’s signature.
He says: “It’s a big coup for us and is, I feel, a real statement of intent on our behalf. We are not going up to the next level to enjoy the journey. We have a job to do and I have set targets and I am looking for us to be very competitive. To do that we need the quality of the likes of Jamie Mudge, and, with Kevin Hill and Mark Saunders already bedded in, it means we have added real experience and quality to last year’s successful squad.”
Town can bank their first piece of silverware on Sunday when they play in the SWP League Charity Vase taking on Western Division champions Godolphin in the opening match of the annual League Charity Day at Ivybridge Town (12 noon).
Pears says: “Given that Godolphin are a side we will meet in the coming league season this will be a good indicator of where we are in terms of our pre-season. Whilst any cup tie is very important, and of course it would be nice to win early silverware the bottom line is that there is a bigger picture. For us that is getting everything ready for the opening league game on August 10 against Tavistock.”
Pears continued: “Our pre-season has gone almost to order. We have played some really strong outfits and learnt plenty. Pre-season is never about results, of greater importance is personal and collective fitness, team plans and tactics and we are where I had hoped we would be for this stage of the build-up.”
As well as the two former Tiverton Town men Hill and Saunders, Tom Taylor and James Clampin have settled in quickly at the club and the latest player to be on trial at the club is Seaton Town’s Cameron Vere
Pears says: “He’s young, but has something about him and if he can be patient I think he could have a great future both with us and in the game in general.”
All’s well also off the pitch at Southern Road as last Friday’s game with Weymouth underlined when the Town clubhouse was packed to the rafters with sponsors enjoying the hospitality of the club.
Pears says: “It was a very special night with lots of sponsors enjoying themselves and I hope we can attract even more business as the sponsorships, combined with the loyal support, have an important part to play in the continued development of our club.”