It’s just five days until the Martyrs return to The Met Coaches Stadium as their 2020/21 season preparations begin.
It’s been 149 days since the Martyrs last took to the field against Salsbury FC at The Ray Mac Stadium back in early March.
The first of many pre-season friendlies was confirmed earlier last week seeing Merthyr travel to Bristol Manor Farm on September 5th 2020.
This week, Lewis Binns spoke to merthyrtownfc.co.uk ahead of the club’s pre-season preparations and he has outlined his excitement ahead of their return. “I’m excited to get going again, it’s probably been the longest break most of us have ever had from football so it’s been a strange experience but we should all be refreshed and ready to go. It’s going to be a strange season with the late start date and the financial situations that some clubs may be in but I feel like it could put everyone on a level playing field and starting in the same position which will be interesting see".
The 24-year-old suffered many setbacks last season through injury which ultimately saw him miss the majority of last season, however, Binns is hoping he can have a successful campaign this time. “Personally last season is one I’m pretty happy to write off especially after missing nearly a year of football through injury, however, I’m looking to try and prove myself and have a full successful season. Having many setbacks last season was frustrating but I’m looking forward to getting back out there injury-free and helping the team finish as high as possible”.
Since the Southern Football League declared the 2019/20 season null & void back in April, Manager Gavin Williams has made six new signings ahead of the new campaign and Binns has expressed his anticipation to working with his new teammates: “We’ve made a few young signings of players that have been at professional clubs who will obviously be quick and technically very good. It’s looking like we’ll have a good mix of experience and youth so I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do and how we can develop as a squad”.
(Photo Credit - Neale Blackburn Photography)
By Mackenzie Thomas