The non-league season maybe coming to an end but the planning and hard work for the 2017/18 campaign has begun at many clubs in the local area. Here is some news and updates from some -
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR HENDON AS McCANN COMMITS TO THE CLUB
The Greens have announced that manager Gary McCann has committed to the club for a further two years. The popular boss has been in the hot-seat since February 2005 and has overseen some turbulent times at the club with the loss of their Claremont Road ground in 2008. Fans will be hoping, with one full season played at the new Silver Jubilee Park, their team can finish higher than the 18th place they achieved this year and not flirt with relegation to Division One (North).
LEFT-BACK LAYNE EADIE ON THE MOVE
Harlow Town defender Layne Eadie will move on from The Hawks when his current contract runs out in the summer. He has been with the club since September 2013 and has played over 200 times scoring 12 goals - he was crowned "manager's", "player's" and "supporter's" player of the year for the 2015/16 season.
BRAINTREE TOWN PART COMPANY WITH HAYRETTIN
The Iron, who were relegated from the Vanarama National division, have parted company with boss Hakan Hayrettin who joined the club in September 2016. They spent six season at non-league's top table and return to the Vanarama South division they left in 2010/11. Many fans of the Essex side have mentioned Enfield Town boss Bradley Quinton as a possible replacement - he played for the club between 1999 and 2013 making over 500 appearances.
NEW SIGNINGS EXPECTED AT BILLERICAY TOWN
More signings are expected to be announced at big spending Billericay Town over the next few weeks. Manager/Owner Glen Tamplin wrote on social-media on May 6 "New signings will be announced this week coming ..... one serious squad to do the business as promised #leaguewinners".
One player who I think will stand out for the Essex side next season is midfielder Byron Lawrence who joined from fellow Premier Division side Leiston in March - he has represented Ipswich Town and Colchester United and at only 21 years old can easily move up the football pyramid with a good campaign next season.
EARLY PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
Saturday 1st July is only eight weekends away and there are some very early pre-season fixtures already announced for this day. Bedford Town host Luton Town (who could be then be a League One side) along with Bedfont Sports hosting Lyne FC. Colliers Wood United are also scheduled to play Southall.