Aziz takes on new role

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Bridlington Town’s new manager Gary Allanson has completed his first major task since returning to the Queensgate hot-seat last month.

Bridlington Town’s new manager Gary Allanson has completed his first major task since returning to the Queensgate hot-seat last month.

He has assembled his backroom team for the Seasiders’ 2013/14 NCEL campaign, with last season’s player of the year, defender Wayne Aziz, agreeing to become assistant manager.

Aziz will continue to play, as will Ash Allanson, who has accepted the role of player coach, while Town have made their first new signing of pre-season.

Popular full back Danny Brunton, who was part of Bridlington’s title-winning team in 2010, has agreed to return from Barton Town Old Boys, where he spent last season.

Allanson said: “We had our first meet and greet with mostly last season’s squad on Thursday and I was open and honest with everything about the club and gave me the opportunity to put my philosophy, vision, ethos and my expectations across and also name my backroom staff.

“There was never any question that Tom Fleming would remain as captain if he wanted to, and he accepted it without out any second thoughts.

“Tom is a leader and inspires all the other players around him, so that was my first piece in the jigsaw fitted.

“The next appointment was a coach who could take a bit of pressure off myself on training nights and match days.

“I offered this to Ashley Allanson as he is a very good coach in his own right. He is very capable of doing this and he has the respect of the players.

“He is also very intelligent and is on the verge of completing his PhD so I would be very foolish not to tap into this - second piece of the jigsaw fitted.

“After speaking to Wayne Aziz at length, after I first was offered the position of returning as manager, I had no second thoughts of offering the assistant’s role to Wayne as he comes across as having the same thought process and beliefs as myself and I know I could work with him to move the club forward.

“He is very experienced and this role is perfect for him at this stage of his career and will be a great help for our younger players. That was my third and final piece of the jigsaw fitted for my backroom staff.

“On the playing front we had our first session on Saturday morning and it was very intense with very high quality from players old and new.

“At this level you never know when a player is committed until he signs that dotted line, the signing on forms have only just been delivered so the next couple of weeks will tell us who is committed or not.

“Danny Brunton will be returning which is great news as he epitomises the type of player we want at the club, totally committed, hard working, reliable, honest and genuine and is also very experienced at this level so will be a big help for the younger players we are attracting.”

Town’s first pre-season friendly is on Saturday 20 July against their Queensgate tenants and last season’s NCEL champions Scarborough Atletic.