AFC CROYDON Athletic's pre-season training began last week and manager Ant Williams admits he may look at three individuals in particular. Furthermore, the club are currently on the lookout for a new U18 manager for the new season in the Southern Youth League Central Division. Williams feels the youth team will provide a solid foundation for future talent as the club look to progress and achieve promotion next season. And the boss says any U18 players good enough for the first team will certainly be looked at and considered. "The club continues to move forward and we felt adding a youth side was critical as we look to develop once again," said Williams. "The position is still open, we have had some interest and interviews are being arranged as we speak, but there is still time to show an interest. "If the younger are good enough then I believe they are old enough, and I will be taking a close interest and work with the U18 manager to ensure we develop players capable of playing first team football." After playing the last two seasons from scratch at the Croydon Arena – ground sharing with Croydon FC – the club are on the verge of returning to their spiritual home at Mayfield Road, Thornton Heath, for next season. Promotion from the Combined Counties League Division One is the main target next season and Williams has appealed to anyone good enough to come down and prove they can cut it. "AFC Croydon Athletic is a club on the up, we are a local based side and we want players to be part of that journey," he said. "We want committed lads who are not just on the non-league merry-go-round looking for £20 per game - we have no budget. "If you want to play football at a great venue and be part of a club progressing each season then Mayfield Road is where you should come." If you would like to join AFC Croydon for the forthcoming season, email Williams at email@example.com with the following details: Name, position you play, contact telephone number, area you live in, and your previous club(s). For those interested, and feel they have the experience for the U18 management role, should send their application, giving details of their football CV, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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