HAVING taken a voluntary 'relegation' from the Premier Division last season, it's all change at Liverton FC this season – but it's far from doom and gloom at the Halford Ground.
New management duo Alan Lewis and Graham Bedford have already made inroads on the rebuilding task at the club, and believe they will be competitive in Division One East this term.
Signings including ex-Torquay United player and youth coach Richard Hancox and Buckland Athletic player-manager Antony Lynch – showing that Liverton mean business.
They have also added former Dawlish Town goalkeeper Jason Kinsman and signed striker Tom Beddow from Willand Rovers.
Beddow made an immediate impact in a pre-season friendly against Ipplepen Athletic last weekend, scoring a hat-trick.
Lewis said taking on the role meant signing virtually a whole squad, with just three players not leaving.
"I know [Liverton chairman] Chris Stevens from old and they were good enough to give us the role, but with what happened last season we've basically had to start from scratch," he said.
"We've retained three players from last season's squad, but we've brought in four to five already and we're still working on it. This time of year is difficult because there are so many players coming and going, but we're hoping that a few more will come in before we start against Exwick Villa. It's a lovely club with good people running it so the less said about last season the better – we're just looking forward to this season."
Lewis said that Hancox and Lynch would bring vital experience to the dressing room, and as such would have a say in where they played.
"It's going to be down to him [Hancox] where he plays, and the same with Lynchy – they know what they're doing."
But Lewis said it had not been hard to 'sell' Liverton to incoming players despite the choice to drop out of the Premier Division.
"I think to be honest the club took the decision that they had gone into the Premier Division a year or two early – it's a big step up and if there's no money then you will struggle," he added.
"The costs of going to Bodmin or Newquay every other week are difficult, and we've got no budget here, but we sell it as consolidation.
"We're going to regroup and maybe in two or three years' time we will have another crack at the Premier. Liverton is still a professional club and can move on."
IN: Antony Lynch, Richard Hancox (both unattached), Shane Corderoy, Jason Kinsman (Broadhempston United), Tom Beddow (Willand).
OUT: Ben Hardie (TBA), Simon Laughton, Craig Fenner, Robbie Bowker, Ryan O'Callaghan (all Stoke Gabriel), Liam Jones (Galmpton), Jamie Chamberlain, James Tuffey, Gareth Dudkins (all Totnes and Dartington), Robbie Bowker (Stoke Gabriel), Nick Rudge (Exeter City), Jordan Lam (Buckland Athletic).