Ross Paterson confident of a positive season ahead for Newmarket Town
The returning Ross Paterson is confident everything is in place for Newmarket Town to enjoy a successful 2019/20 Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season.
The midfielder is back at the Bloorie.com Stadium after spending three-and-a-half seasons away at a higher level with Soham Town Rangers and, more recently, Cambridge City.
He is the latest ex-City player to have joined up with the Jockeys in recent months, following in the footsteps of Lewis Whitehead and the Robinson brothers – Joe and Ben.
And with that calibre of player available to boss Michael Shinn, Paterson feels it could be a positive campaign.
“It was not an easy decision to leave Cambridge City but I have got to a point where I really want to enjoy my football playing alongside lads that I consider to be mates,” he said.
“But while it is a drop down I have joined a club that is moving in the right direction.
“With the facilities that the club now has and with the players in the squad, next season is an exciting prospect.
“To have four members of last season’s squad at Cambridge City, that can only be a positive thing.
“There is a good calibre of player at the club and I would like to think we will be challenging for things.”
Meanwhile, in terms of departures, youngster Josh Martin has swapped Newmarket for fellow Premier Division side Haverhill Rovers.
Martin, who has previously turned out for Cambridge United Shadows, featured on eight occasions for Newmarket last term.
l Newmarket start their pre-season campaign on Saturday with the visit of National League South side Braintree Town (3pm).
l Isthmian League North Division outfit Soham Town Rangers have lost the services of Will Gardner.
The left-back made 33 appearances for the Greens last season, scoring one goal.
However, he will not return to Julius Martin Lane for 2019/20 and has instead linked up with divisional rivals Bury Town.