Gillingham 2019-20 Season Review with Lee Clifton and Craig Everitt

Gillingham have enjoyed a progressive 2019-20 campaign, so Gabriel Sutton spoke to fans Lee Clifton (@FOM_BLOG) from the Gillingham Debate forum and Craig Everitt (@bigev84) to get their views on how Steve Evans has improved their fortunes.

Gab: Gillingham have had their best season since 2015-16. What do you feel are the key things that have changed to facilitate this progression? You’ve clearly been tougher to play through under Steve Evans, for starters…

Lee: The Defence – we’ve conceded just 34 goals in 35 league games.

Only Coventry City, Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers have got a better defensive record in League One this season and in our final eight league games before the season was brought to a halt, we kept four clean sheets in eight matches against Lincoln City, Southend United, Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion, picking up eight points from those four.

Home Form – We’ve won nine, drawn three and lost five at Priestfield Stadium, scoring twenty seven and conceding 17. And with five home matches to go against Fleetwood Town, Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers, Tranmere Rovers and Coventry City, then Gillingham would have been looking at these five home matches for any late potential push towards the League One Play-Off Positions.

Steve Lovell will always be a legend at Gillingham Football Club as a player, as coach and for his managerial spell for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons for keeping Gillingham in League One. One of the things Steve Lovell struggled with, though, was winning home games, with just 12 home wins in those two seasons; albeit, Lovell was not in-charge for the entire seasons. That is understandable in some ways, because we were battling to retain our League One status both times.

Expectations – We’ve not been involved with the League One relegation battle this season and have been looking up the table rather than over our shoulders, whereas the past three seasons have seen us involved in the League One relegation battle, including avoiding relegation on the final day of the 2016-17 Season with a 0-0 Draw at Northampton.

While I couldn’t see us picking up enough points in the final nine games to reach the Play-Offs, just to be in the conversation is a pleasant change to the relegation battles in recent seasons. If we could have ended this season in the top ten, that could have given us some momentum and a real genuine feeling that we could make a serious Play-Off push next season.

Craig: I feel the basic answer is that it’s just someone new at the club: someone who has had no affiliation with the club before coming in either as a former player or manager.

Last season, Steve Lovell was at the club and was a cult hero. We loved him and he loved the club. Yes he had passion and commitment but in the past like Hessenthaler and Ady Pennock, I personally feel that was the thing that went against them. They were more of a fan and a lover of the club than a manager!

Move in Steve Evans and he has bought in his own style to the club: a new discipline, better experience and new ideas to playing.

One of the things that sometimes gets thrown at Evans is that his successes – notably at Crawley and Rotherham – have been based on spending power. Is he proving at Gillingham, though, that he has the qualities to build a competitive outfit without the financial advantages?

Lee: Yes very much so. Steve Evans knew that here, the finances and resources are not going to be there compared to the resources he had at his disposal at Crawley and Rotherham. One of the things Evans spoke about at the Fans’ Forum last year was investing every penny properly and getting every ounce out of the playing budget, as well as looking at young players in our youth setup like Jack Tucker and Joe Walsh, who have been given opportunities to play for the first team.

We’ve been very competitive, but we’ve also been fortunate on the injury front, and if four first team players were to pick up lengthy injuries, we would be down to the bare bones. Making sure there is plenty of squad depth whilst also strengthening the XI is going to be essential for next season, as well as being able to hang onto our key players.

A Premier League move for Bradley Dack would certainly help us. If Blackburn were to sell Dack for a fee, then we would get a percentage of it. This is what happened to us when West Ham signed Matty Jarvis from Wolves; that fee allowed us to strengthen the squad for our League Two title-winning campaign.

Paul Scally has kept Gillingham debt free over the years and while he should not be immune to criticism over a perceived lack of communication at times, he has done some good things as well. How do you assess his running of the club?

Lee: I think the age of the supporter you speak to will see this answer change drastically.

When Gillingham avoided relegation from the Football League and went into receivership in 1994, facing the possibility of losing the club forever, then fans who went and watched Gillingham in those times will appreciate The Chairman coming in and saving the football club from going out of business.

Those years we had between 1995 and 2005 were and are still considered to be Gillingham’s greatest era for what we were able to achieve in those ten years, under Paul Scally’s stewardship.

Promotion from the old Nationwide Division Three into Division Two (now called League One), slowly establishing ourselves as a Second Division side before reaching the Play-Off Final in successive seasons against Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, beating the latter for another promotion.

We achieved five years in the Championship and had gone on some memorable cup runs, whilst Priestfield was redeveloped as well and he’s operated with a progressive ticketing policy to encourage young fans.

However, those younger supporters who have seen Gillingham win the League Two title but struggle to retain our League One status as well as FA Cup defeats to Dover, Stevenage and Brackley will be asking different questions: why can’t Gillingham aim higher than survival?

The criticism of Scally would be a lack of investment into the playing squad over the last four years – after a lot of investment under Justin Edinburgh.

Talk over a new stadium has stalled and some would say he has had a “Jobs for the boys” approach – Peter Taylor, Andy Hessenthaler, Ady Pennock and Lovell have all been brought in as Gillingham manager either for their second or third spell at the club – others have gained coaching roles based on their playing history.

Supporters perhaps want someone with an outside prospective as first team manager, but by all means, have a former legend in the background as coach to work with the younger players.

Lack of transparency has been mentioned and not enough communication with supporters is also another valid criticism. Things have improved on that front with the Fans Forums in recent seasons, supporters could go and speak to the chairman and Chief Executive Tom Lawrence coming into the football club has also done a remarkable job as well. I think it is fair to say that more communication and more information would be helpful as well, but these are positive steps.

Considering that amazing FA Cup match against West Ham and our league form, this season has probably been Gillingham’s second-best in League One – so maybe things can slowly go in the right direction after all.

Craig: I’m not pro-Mr Scally but I’m not anti either. What I feel is without that man I/we wouldn’t have a football club. He saved us from death.
We have a small budget, yes and it has been frustrating to see teams we used to play week in, week out like Fulham, Brighton and Bournemouth (to name a few) flourish in to the promised lands of the Premier League, whereas we have made it just once to the Championship (old Division One) and remain just one league better off than when Paul took over all those years back.
But history shows we are an old third or fourth-tier club and getting into the Championship at the time was our Premier League moment.
Yes, I want to live the FIFA lifestyle like everyone and win the Champions League every season – but that’s not going to happen with Gillingham!
We have never been majorly in the red under Paul and that is what’s important and I do believe some seasons he’s really tried to support the management in getting success.
Frustrating thing just is him saying “I’m talking to new investors” or “I want a new ground” yet it never seems to happen. Why is that?
Is it good for the club or is it just good for him? That’s where some fans are unsure.

When Tomas Holy was at Gillingham, he always seemed to be the divine saviour keeping you in games. With Jack Bonham, is he equally impressive but perhaps less noticeable due to outfielders being stronger?

Lee: Replacing Tomas Holy was never going to be easy, especially when Tom Eaves left in the same summer to sign for Hull City – we had to find replacements for our first choice goalkeeper and our top goal-scorer from the previous two season’s in the same transfer window.

Jack Bonham has come in and not only done an exceptional job replacing Tomas Holy as our number one, but I still think there is more to come from him and he can only improve with more game-time.

Give it a few seasons and I think Bonham will be seen as a better Gillingham goalkeeper then Holy – which is very high praise indeed.

Bonham’s improvement also comes down to goalkeeping coach Simon Royce, who has worked with him at Brentford and was one of the main reasons why he signed.

Royce worked with Simon Moore, David Button and Daniel Bentley during his time at Brentford and if Jack Bonham were to stay at Gillingham for the medium to long term, then it is essential that he remains.

Royce is also a Gills fans favourite, having won promotion in the League Two Play-Offs in 2009.

I would also say that the structure of the team is stronger this season compared to last season, which might give you the answer as to why Jack Bonham has been less noticeable when your comparing his performances in goal for Gillingham to Tomas Holy.

Craig: Jack I still think needs another season for us to judge him. I think you’re right when you say his outfield has helped him a lot.
He had pulled off some good saves and has a good penalty record as well this year but he (for me) is a unsung hero where he does his job and maybe at the moment we haven’t seen just how good he is as he hasn’t had much to do.

Jack Tucker looked a diligent right-back in the first half of the season – he’s since shown he can perform equally well at centre-back too. Do you think learning from a consummate professional such as Barry Fuller has set the tone for an exciting career?

Lee: Tucker has learned a lot by playing alongside Barry Fuller, Max Ehmer and Connor Ogilvie, with all three players having played over one hundred times for Gillingham; Ehmer, 250, Fuller, 230 and Ogilvie, 120.

He is playing alongside three defenders who have got plenty of experience and he is playing week in, week out, which is better for Jack Tucker’s development rather than playing U23s football.

When we re-signed Barry Fuller back in 2018, everyone thought: “brilliant back up signing”.

He would be a strong influence off the pitch, helping our younger players out, but what we were not expecting to see was Fuller named as Gillingham’s Player Of The Season.

Fuller played the majority of matches last season at left-back and even when we signed Lee Hodson in the summer, we thought he might be back-up, but again he kept his place in the XI and therefore I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Barry started regularly again next season.

Tucker’s performances have not gone unnoticed: the club moved quickly to tie him down to an extended contract, putting Gillingham in a stronger negotiating position should clubs from the Premier League and Championship want to sign him.

If Tucker develops the same-way that John Egan developed during his time at Gillingham, then he is going to move up the divisions very quickly.

Craig: I think it’s having good heads around Jack full stop not just having Barry there. Max Ehmer and Ogilvie have good backgrounds and are very good at what they do.
The three others working with Jack have been all key to helping a very good prospect.

Like Tucker, Connor Ogilvie can also play in two positions… he was fantastic at centre-backs for parts of the season but he’s at times reverted to his former role of left-back. A Player of the Season contender?

Lee: Max Ehmer, Connor Ogilvie and Jack Tucker are the three main contenders for Gillingham’s Player Of The Season Award.

The fact all three players mentioned are defenders tells you everything you need to know about which area of the team has dramatically improved this season.

I think Connor Ogilvie has been our POTS: he’s very consistent, can play centre-back, left-sided centre-back in a three and left-back, where he has made the majority of his appearances.

On top of that, he has scored some important, winning goals against Sunderland, Rochdale and Southend United.

I think Tucker will be Gillingham’s Young Player Of The Season.

If there was an award for Most Improved Player, then Max Ehmer would win that, because it looks like he is getting back to his best.

Ehmer went from dislocating his shoulder in the 2-1 home defeat against AFC Wimbledon, to starting at Sunderland in the 2-2 draw just a week later, which tells you all about his character.

The problem Gillingham have got is that Premier League and Championship clubs have already expressed an interest in signing Ogilvie and Tucker.

The former has only got one year left on his contract, so we need to do everything possible to tie him down to an extended deal.

West Ham are interested in Tucker and if a decent offer were to come in, then it would be difficult to turn it down.

Craig: Without a shadow… any other options are null and void for me.
He is better when play CB for me. And what we seen this year that coming from a team like Spurs there’s something there that shows he’s not at the level he should be playing at that’s for sure.

7. What interests me about your centre-back options is that neither Tucker, Ogilvie nor Max Ehmer, who has been with the club for half a decade now, I would think of as being aerially dominant like a Leon Legge or a Gabriel Zakuani. Are you surprised that you’ve not suffered from having an aerial specialist at the back? Is your defensive record testament to the intelligence of those defenders?

Lee: Being able to name a consistent back five in Jack Bonham, Barry Fuller, Max Ehmer, Jack Tucker and Connor Ogilvie has been crucial.

Also, defenders Alfie Jones and Tom O’Connor have lined up in the midfield in front of this back five so there is a very solid base in midfield which does it’s defensive duties very well.

Naming defenders in midfield who do their defensive duties so well – Stuart O’Keefe does his defensive duties professionally too – has perhaps taken the relentless pressure off the back five.

Having Bonham, Fuller, Ehmer, Tucker, Ogilvie, Jones, O’Keefe and O’Connor all on the pitch at the same-time has made us solid defensively, but maybe at the expense of the attack.

We have scored just 42 goals in 35 league games, and finding a way to keep that impressive defensive record as well as trying to improve the attack is going to be a tough challenge.

I do think Gillingham will sign a defender who is an aerial specialist as cover for Max Ehmer, Jack Tucker and Connor Ogilvie, which is why Ben Nugent leaving Gillingham a few season’s ago was a real shame.

He was seen as the perfect back up defender, someone who fits the description of a no nonsense lower league central defender.

Perhaps this aerial specialist player will be someone with experience who can come in the same-way Barry Fuller initially signed and provide some much needed knowledge to our young players.

Craig: Max has been with us six seasons now…. I’m sure he has and I think he’s been a major part (especially in the past two seasons) of the defensive solidity.

Going against what I said earlier, he knows the club and played with the likes of Legge and Zakuani and has learned different aspects of them and in return that’s helped him become the player he is.
He’s the father figure now in that back four (Barry the grandad) and players do look up to him with the way he plays and with his knowledge of our club.
Needs to renew his deal this year for me as he’s out of contact at the end of this season.

As alluded to above, you’ve got players who can cover more than one position and another example would be Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor, who played left-back for parts of the season but has more recently filled in on the left of the diamond. Do you think Evans likes versatility in players?

Lee: With your earlier question regarding the lack of spending power at Gillingham compared to what Steve Evans has had to work with at Rotherham United and Crawley Town, I think signing players with versatility and can play in several positions is one way that Gillingham are getting every ounce out of the playing budget this season.

Tom O’Connor can play anywhere down the left side as well as slotting in as a Defensive Midfielder.

Alfie Jones can play centre-back and defensive midfield, Connor Ogilvie can play in a few positions in defence, Jack Tucker has filled in at right-back but has mostly played in the heart of the Defence, and Jordan Roberts can play on either wing, as an attacking midfielder or up-front, so that versatility has been a key asset for us.

It allows us to make tactical changes without having to make a substitution. I am not sure if Steve Evans likes or dislikes versatility in players, but he may have stumbled on to something that works and he has improved on the something that works as the season has progressed.

Perhaps during the off season, we will see Gillingham sign one or two players who specialise in one position, but the majority of the signings will be players who can cover two or three area, just so that we can get every ounce out of the playing budget.

Craig: Any manager should like that but yes this seems to be a trait with Evans with most players.

And I think having one bow extra to your talent is a massive advantage being in this team.
Evans wants to use you to your full capacity. And I will go as far as saying they are going back better players for this. Although won’t praise Evans on that much it’s more obviously the game time being had.

O’Connor is on loan from Southampton, as is sitting midfielder Alfie Jones, who has gained some rave reviews. The Saints are renowned for their academy, so do you think you could start to build a relationship and continue to sample their top young talent?

Lee: Alfie Jones and Tom O’Connor have both been first class during there loan spell at The Gills.

If we can sign both players on loan for next season, that would be fantastic. If the success of Jones and O’Connor’s loan spells is the start of a successful loan relationship between Gillingham and Southampton, and they are covering the wages of the players they send out, then this can only be beneficial for both clubs.

Southampton will obviously prefer for their young players to develop by playing competitive first team football.

Gillingham have given Jones and O’Connor the opportunity to do that in League One and both have shown their versatility.

I have always been surprised, given the fact that Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham United, and Crystal Palace are so close to Gillingham geographically compared to Southampton, that we don’t see more young players from these clubs sign on loan and there isn’t a start of a mutually beneficial loan relationship between ourselves and one of the Premier League London clubs.

Craig: I think so, but I think also the key to that is keeping Evans. He’s got his contacts.

Again, going back to former management the contacts may not have been as great as what Mr E has.

Saying that, if we do lose Steve, a manager has to come in with the same experience and contacts with the additional bonus of not being a cult hero.
Goes without saying though, we look after these players and clubs remember.

Regan Charles-Cook has been on the periphery this year, Matty Willock’s involvement has been limited by injury and Ousseynou Cisse was sent on loan to Leyton Orient – he’s added a bit of quality to their midfield. With O’Connor, Jones and Hearts loanee Olly Lee all going back to their parent clubs, could either of those players gain more opportunities in midfield?

Lee: I am surprised about the lack of game-time for Regan Charles-Cook.

This season, he scored the winning goal for Gillingham against Accrington Stanley, he scored a sensational goal against Blackpool in Gillingham’s dramatic 3-2 win at Bloomfield Road and scored against AFC Wimbledon; although Gillingham lost that day, Charles-Cook came on and made an impressive impact.

He is very different to the other midfielders we have got at the football club; he has got pace, trickery and skill, takes players on and tries things that other players in our midfield will not consider attempting.

Matty Willock has had a very stop-start season and his game-time has been limited because Alfie Jones, Stuart O’Keefe, Tom O’Connor, Mark Byrne, Regan Charles-Cook and Olly Lee have all been ahead of him in the pecking order.

I can see Willock and Charles-Cook playing a bigger role next season, but I would also be hoping that Gillingham can re-sign Jones, O’Connor and Olly Lee and we can keep this strong group of players together.

I just think Ousseynou Cisse will be so low down the pecking order and he will be allowed to leave in the summer; if there is an option for Ousseynou Cisse to sign for Leyton Orient on a permanent basis, then I do believe that deal will be concluded in the off season.

Another midfielder not listed in the midfielders listed in the question is Ben Pringle. If there is a choice out of which player will stay and which player will go out of Pringle and Cisse, then Pringle will stay because he has been more in and around the first team this season.

Craig: Yes. Charles-Cook has shown what he can do by coming of the bench this year and is a game-changer but won’t want to be a impact player coming off the bench – he’s out of contract this summer.
Willock has a massive season next year, because the few times he’s played he’s looked good. Keep injury free and he will walk into any team in League One next year.
Cisse I think needs a attitude change. When I’ve seen him play he does not seem that bothered. Will have to really work hard to get back in the team. One I can’t see being part of the season next year.
One I would like to stay is Ben Pringle. Again not sure if he’s mind set is correct as Evans said he’s had to have a word with him sometime this season.
When he’s on his game he does a job.

11. Stuart O’Keefe has Premier League experience from his time with Cardiff; there seems to be a bit of grit and knowhow in the way he supports the press. Would you say O’Keefe became even more important after Mark Byrne’s injury?

Lee: Absolutely. Mark Byrne was Gillingham’s Player of the Season for 2017-18 and him being out injured for the rest of this season was a devastating blow.

In his absence, though, O’Keefe has stepped up as Gillingham’s most experienced midfielder and he has scored four goals.

Both O’Keefe and Cisse were signed to add more defensive nous to the midfield, and when they started alongside each other in a 4-2-3-1, we were still conceding a lot of goals.

Changing to the diamond midfield and having Alfie Jones sit in-front of the back four and Stuart O’Keefe line up down the right side of the diamond gives us a much better balance.

I do think the diamond midfield suits Gillingham better then 4-2-3-1, because it allows us to play two strikers closer together and the attacking midfielder can find the pockets of space behind the strikers.

When we went with the 4-2-3-1 against Rochdale, we did score twice but we looked much more vulnerable defensively.

Evans has added two tall, powerful strikers since coming in – Mikael Mandron last summer and John Akinde in January. Given that you’ve taken just 10 points from 15 games in which neither have started, has it been important to have centre-forwards who facilitate his style of play?

Lee: John Akinde was Gillingham’s high-profile signing in the January transfer window and although he has only scored once in nine appearances, it is always difficult when a player transfers during the middle of the season.

Evans has spoken about Akinde’s lack of match fitness and how he needs more game-time to get himself up to speed.

I think Akinde will prove to be an exceptional signing for Gillingham and with a full pre-season under his belt and playing for a entire season, we will see the very best from him.

Mikael Mandron has been very hit and miss, but up until the FA Cup Third Round match against West Ham United, him and Brandon Hanlan were the first choice strike-force.

The signings of Jordan Graham, Roberts and Akinde, though, had pushed Mandron further down the pecking order and with those additions to the squad, we thought that Mandron would be substitute at best.

We then see Mandron start at Sunderland and he bagged a brace, including a sensational equalizer en route to a deserved point, heightening his credentials.

Gillingham have always had tall powerful strikers: Danny Kedwell, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Tom Eaves, Mamady Sidibé, Leo Fortune-West, and Iffy Onoura all come to mind as strikers who fit into that description.

Paul Raynor mentioned in the summer, regarding style of play, that Gillingham will be a team that presses from the front and playing with intensity in the Fans Forum last year – and I would say that our style of play has been to get the ball forwards quickly with purpose.

The one game where John Akinde and Mikael Mandron started together up-front was Southend away – on that occasion, that strike-partnership did not work – but Akinde, Roberts, Mandron and Hanlan provide Gillingham with different types of attacking options in the final third.

Craig: Tough question. It’s a case I think of having the right centre forwards more than anything.
We’ve got goals from here there and everywhere this year.
The stand out fact this year is fans are more worried if Ogilvie has a injury rather then our forwards as they have been “ok” and not really had a stand out striker.
I don’t think it really has been important as we have not had that major spark upfront.

On top of Mandron and Akinde, you’ve also had versatile forwards who could probably operate just off a target man or wide in a front three… Brandon Hanlon, Mikael Ndjoli and Alex Jakubiak, with the latter two having since departed. Can you see Henry Woods coming into the equation?

Lee: Henry Woods is a highly rated attacking midfielder who has been in and around the first team squad for the majority of the season.

Although Woods has made just six appearances for the Gills this season, there have been a number of occasions where he has been on the bench as a unused substitute.

In the matches that Woods has played, he scored for Gillingham against Bromley In The Kent Senior Cup and is knocking on the door to play more first team matches.

Goals have been a problem this season: Alex Jakubiak and Hanlan both have scored seven goals, Mikael Ndjoli scored three goals, Mandron has scored six goals, Roberts has scored twice and John Akinde has scored once, so the lack of fire-power is the main reason as to why we are eleventh and not making a genuine Play-Off challenge.

While I do believe that we will see the best from Akinde next season, the strikers who are proven and are capable of scoring twenty league goals a season are going to be out of our price bracket.

We will be looking to try and find ourselves another Eaves, who didn’t have the best of goal-scoring record when we initially signed him, but once he scored his first he went on a remarkable run over two seasons.

I think we will look to start next season with a new striker, Akinde and Hanlan as our three main forwards – and then it could well be between Roberts and Mandron as to who we look to offer a contract to as the fourth-choice option.

Craig: Not yet BUT Evans seems to like youth and will give them a go: do well in training, show the right attitude like the rest of the team and it will be a case of “why not?”.

Maybe a case of showing what he can do last few games of the season (if we play and if there’s nothing to play for).

14. How do you reflection on 2019-20 overall? Good year to be a Gills fan?

Lee: Any improvement on last season’s 13th placed finish in League One and 55 would have been considered an improvement, but this season has gone better then expected.

It is just a shame that the season has finished because of exceptional circumstances and the season hasn’t completely concluded, because while I couldn’t see us securing the final Play-Off spot, just to be in the conversation is better than expected.

Succumbing to just eight league defeats is a huge positive, as is the defensive record – we have won 1-0 six times this season in league and cup – but finding that striker who could be the difference maker for next season is going to be a real challenge.

The FA Cup run, which saw us beat Sunderland and Doncaster before playing West Ham in front of a sell-out crowd was a massive positive – these are the types of matches we want Gillingham to participate in more regularly.

I would also say that Gillingham’s Social Media Team have been out-standing with interviews, interacting with the supporters and putting out plenty of content and answering to enquiries quickly.

The start of the season was perhaps the more negative aspect, but I do think Steve Evans stumbled on to something that works and then improved on what that something that works as the season progressed.

If are were to offer contracts to Fuller, Ehmer, Byrne, Charles-Cook and Hanlan, whose contracts all expire in the summer, look to offer extended contracts to Bonham and Ogilvie then re-sign Alfie Jones, Tom O’Connor and Olly Lee on loan for next season, along with one or two additions, then we can look to challenge.

I do think our summer signings will be more about who we can keep hold of, rather then look to bring in seven or eight to improve the squad.

Craig: At the start of the season I said we should not be talking about relegation by Easter unlike past Easters.

If we were still playing that would have been spot on.
I wanted Steve in at the start of the season and knew he would do well.
For me we have done fantastically well and with talk of playoffs at one point it’s been nice to have a bit of a better feeling thinking what if other then what could be!
I think realistically if the season continues playoffs this year are now too much. As we dropped a few points past few games that I think will go against us.
The gills fan base is more I think a 50/50 split to if they believe we can make it or not.
The season been fine for me. Frustrating at times but not as frustrating as last couple of years.
Get some better quality balls into the box, get the strikers sharper and maybe next season we can push higher.
The season is what we wanted from the get go. A non relegation threatened season, have a go at hitting top ten and sniff at the playoffs.
If Evans stays, this season was all about building foundations and if I’m honest until the season stopped we were ahead of schedule.
Time to finish the building project next year!!