After a disappointing 2016-17 season which saw The Yachtsmen drop out of Step 4 of the non-league football pyramid, the close season is seeing a major overhaul of the club.
Behind the scenes a new Club Chairman has stepped up whilst on the playing side a new Management team has come in.
Ross Potter and Tom Parke have been appointed as Joint Managers as Wroxham look to rebuild the side following demotion. Potter comes in to the club from Diss Town having spent two seasons as Manager. Parke comes in to his first role of adult management. A great record of producing talent and winning competitions in youth football. He passed his UEFA A assessment and complemented that by working with Peterborough United’s Academy. He moves from Dereham Town to Wroxham but will continue with his role at DESA as he looks to bring on the next generation of footballers. Both are tasked with getting the club back up to Step 4 and into the Isthmian League again. In 2018-19, the Isthmian League will be expanded to 3 leagues made up of 60 clubs with a better geographical spread.
With a number of the squad from last season looking to stay at the level they have been playing for the last few years, the management duo have been working overtime to swoop up the cream of local and indeed international talent. The aim for the season is to not only win games but to do so in a manner likely to excite the Wroxham faithful. Something that was lacking for the most part last season.
Players signed to the club so far include:
Adam Smith – Signed from Dereham Town having spent 9 seasons at the club. (He did have a brief stay at Trafford Park a couple of seasons ago but opted not to sign on). A midfielder that has been described as the most experienced and gifted in the County.
Tom Matthews – Signed from The New Saints (TNS) in Wales. Played for NCFC academy, QPR Youth team where as captain kept a certain Marcus Rashford quiet in an FA Youth Cup tie. Has experienced the Champions League whilst at TNS. A 19-year-old who represents the club’s bigger goal. Plays in Defence.
Will Viner – Signed from Haringey Borough. A goalkeeper that was previously at Barnet.
Harley Black – An attacking midfielder who came from Dereham Town. Formerly with NCFC Academy.
Joe Manning – Diss captain who moved with the Manager. A former Youth County Cup winner with Norfolk FA. Plays as a Defensive Midfielder.
Luke Appleton – A Defender and another former Diss player who did make a couple of appearances for Wroxham previously.
Michael Sommerfield – A dominate Defender who played for Sheringham and Dereham last season. Is well-known at Trafford Park having represented the club in the Ryman League the season before last.
Pete Wiltshire – A striker that had previously been at NCFC Academy.
Connor Charlesworth – A prolific striker who joins from Hellesdon. His record of 28 goals in 31 games last season saw the Managers swoop for his signature.
George MacRae – Goalkeeper who will look to challenge Will Viner for the number 1 jersey. Arrived from Diss Town.
Payton Swatman – A player that needs no introduction at Trafford Park. Started last season at the club but moved over to Yarmouth around Christmas time. Returns with the new Management team as a Midfielder.
Cruise Nyadzayo – Another that needs no introduction. Played 26 times for the Yachtsmen last season but moved across to Yarmouth where he was well thought of. Plays as an Attacking Midfielder.
Connor Laskey – A striker that has represented Norfolk at Under 18 level. Joins the club from Poringland.
Andreas Borts – A young Defender who has joined from Dereham.
In addition to these incoming players, the following are the latest to re-sign for the club:
Adam Plumstead, Matt Cook, Marcus Wilkinson, Craig Bussens, Robbie Sweeney, Ben Fowkes, Shaun Taylor, Lewis Meecham and Danny Rogers.
Ross Potter and Tom Parke are still looking to sign up and bring in exciting new talent to the club as they look to the long-term and build a winning side as the season progresses