New boss Ward plans to strengthen Sleaford Town

Paul Ward (right) with club president Brian Rowland.

Paul Ward (right) with club president Brian Rowland.

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Paul Ward is adamant that Sleaford Town won’t rest on their laurels.

Last week the former Town player was unveiled as the new manager at Eslaforde Park, and he will now spend the summer months looking to strengthen the squad.

Sleaford picked up 10 points from their final five games in the UCL Premier Division to secure their safety and end the season in 18th.

And although Ward believes that the team has a competitive core, he wants to see the club fighting higher up the league table.

“The club finished strongly last season, but I don’t want us to rest on our laurels,” he said.

“I want to build on that success and see Sleaford competing at a decent level in the UCL.”

And that could well mean bringing some new faces into the set-up as Ward added: “First of all I need to speak to last year’s squad, and then I’ll look to strengthen.

“It’ something we certainly need to do.”

Ward played 519 games for Town between 1988 and 2012 and even saw his own sons Tom and Charlie progress to the club’s first team.

Experiences like that mean the new manager will always be keen to promote from within and take a chance on youth.

“I really want to judge the squad on the success of the club,” Ward added.

“For example, our reserves had their most successful season last year, finishing fourth in the Lincs League, and our under 17s/under 18s had their sucess as well.

“They should get their chances to integrate.”