It’s been a period of change for Concord Rangers this summer, especially in defence with a number of players moving on.  However one man who has stayed at the club is Steve King, how does he see his role at the club, and how quickly can you build new playing relationships in defence.

Chris Clark chatted to him, to find out more.

Now as one of the experienced players in the side, what do you see your role as?

I see my role within the club as a whole to assist in the transition period the club is currently going through.  There have been a lot of changes in playing personnel, management and in the facilities, and it’s important with these changes that we don’t lose our togetherness and winning mentality that has served us so well over the years. That’s not just down to me, but others such as Tony, Whitey etc.

From last season’s team you’re the only one of the back 5 (including goalkeeper) remaining, how quickly can you build up a relationship with the new players around you?

It does take time to build relationships with new players especially when there have been wholesale changes, but so far things seem to be progressing nicely.  Tom Stephens and James Hammond are top guys and fit into the changing room well and as pre-season has gone on our relationships and understanding on the pitch has developed lots so hopefully it will be ready for Weston Super Mare on the 8th August.

What is achievable for Concord this season?

The club will, I think be looking to consolidate again, but the players inside the changing room want to win football matches and be successful.  If I thought there was nothing to play for I may not be here.  I honestly think with the players at our disposal we can have another top half finish this season and another tilt at silverware in the Essex Senior Cup.

How have training and the pre-season games been under the new management team?

Apart from the Brightlingsea game, I think it has all been positive.  The training has a clear purpose and the boys are all buying into what Adam and Jody are trying to achieve.  Our results have thus far been positive and hopefully that will continue.  Everyone is just looking forward to getting started now, and not only getting our teeth into the league campaign but also finding out if the rumours about Sam Bantick’s awful clobber on a night out are true!