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Winchester City boss and touchline team commit to coming campaign

Winchester City manager Craig Davis

Winchester City manager Craig Davis and his number two Sean Birchnall have committed to the next Southern League season.

Former Fleet Town player-boss Davis, pictured, kicked off his playing career at Cardiff City before spells at Bashley, Salisbury, Gosport Borough and AFC Totton. Before committing at the weekend, he’d guided the Citizens to improved league positions every year since first taking over as interim boss in 2016-17.

The vastly experienced Birchnall is also the head coach of the British Army Men’s senior team. Physiotherapist Nina Parkin and sports therapist Jo Brocksom are also staying on at The City Ground.

City were in fourth spot and on course for a play-off berth in Southern League Division One South when Covid-19 halted their progress. In recent weeks, socially-distanced work parties have been working to get their home ready for whenever the new season kicks off.

Davis and Birchnall have been busy getting their playing squad in shape despite the departure of head of youth development Josh Taylor to become assistant manager at Amesbury Town.

Ex-AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Pryce has signed on for the new season, along with young keeper Harry Birchnall. Long-serving full-backs Danny King and Joe Hayward have also signed, together with fellow defenders Kieran Douglas and Jack Francis.

Former defender Rob Flooks has re-joined City while experienced midfielder Liam Gilbert is also on board, along with club captain and playmaker Jamie Barron. ‘Bazza’ will be the club’s representative for Epilepsy Research with money heading to the charity every time he scores next term.

Last season’s Goal of the Season winner Olly Balmer is also staying, along with Billy Connor, Ewan Haylor and Jack Francis who all spent time at Amesbury Town before the coronvirus struck.

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