FOOTBALL: Even before the door has closed on this season the young Thurrock Manager, Hakan Hayrettin, is preparing for next season to progress the club even further.

Progression is the aim of the young manager who believes that togetherness and teamwork having a positive effect all around the club.

He said “Expectations have been lifted due to the club pushing for a place in the playoffs until the last few weeks of the season.

This was due in no small part to keeping faith with most of the squad from the previous season. We were defeated not by the opposition but by the weather and the fixture congestion in March, combined with the injuries and suspensions that happen.

I was restricted in what I could do with the players I had available.

When I look at the teams that did reach this years play offs, I think to myself, we are as good as them, so before the start of next season I will be looking to increase the squad in size and quality.

Being a part-time manager does not mean only working part time, I will be working throughout the summer seeking out the players I need to take this club to the next level.

My young squad now have another years experience under their belts and this can only be a good thing. Next year we will be the Premier club in the borough and therefore need to play at the highest level possible, so we are not targeting a play off position but automatic promotion".