Colne Football Club have certainly been busy in the transfer market this summer as Steven Cunningham looks to rebuild his squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. With the departures of Alex Curran and Bradley Lynch, questions were asked regarding where the goals will come from next season, and to his credit, Cunningham has worked wonders in securing the services of Max Hazeldine, Aidan Chippendale and Sefton Gonzales from Droylsden.
I managed to sit down exclusively with Sefton Gonzales following his move to the Lancashire-based club. For Gonzales, it’s his second spell at the Colne FC, and the 27-year old is thriving at the prospect of winning trophies at Colne Football Club moving forward.
As Gonzales put pen-to-paper at Colne FC for the second time, the big, burly forward was visibly delighted, and was full of praise for manager Steven Cunningham.
“It’s very pleasing, said Gonzales. “I have unfinished business here, so I just can’t wait to get going again. Working under ‘Cunny’ is great, he knows how to get the most out of his players, so it’s good to be back here at Colne.”
As mentioned previously, Steve Cunningham and club chairman Ryan Haigh have brought in a number of key signings, which has left fans ‘excited’ about the upcoming campaign. Sefton appeared just as excited as the supporters about what the future may hold for Colne Football Club.
“We’re going for the league title, said Gonzales. “But not just the league title, we want to do well in all the cup competitions, too. We’re going for a good FA Cup run.”
Much has been said about the attacking intent that the club has at it’s disposal now with the new additions, but from a defensive point of view, Sefton was glad to hear that the club secured the services of big centre-back Andrew Hollins. Gonzales was involved in a great battle with Hollins as Colne hosted Droylsden at the back end of the previous campaign.
“Andy is a great signing for the club. He’s a solid defender who can play out from the back, and pick out passes expertly. It just further proves what our intent for the season is.”
in terms of pre-season, Gonzales is looking forward to getting to know his new team-mates and gather some momentum heading into the new campaign.
“It’s all about raising fitness levels to be match-ready for the new season whilst giving the new members of the squad the chance to gel with their team-mates.”
Gonzales has enjoyed a number of spells with high profile clubs such as Chorley and Stockport, and the Chorley-based ace believes the Colne can play at the highest level possible.
“I’m fully aware of what’s required at that level, and from what I’ve seen early on at Colne, there’s definitely potential to reach that level, said Gonzales.
“I’ve not been here long, but the quality in the squad is so strong. There are some really decent players across the pitch here. If we can reach that level together, then I’d be delighted. That’s my main ambition right now – securing promotions and winning trophies.”
It’s well documented that Colne boast one of the best social media teams in non-league. I asked Sefton if the players notice that sort of thing when they’re winding down at home with family, we do live in a world that’s heavily involved with social media.
“Of course it’s something that the players notice, sometimes it helps us see areas that we can improve on, and sometimes it’s just nice to see the hard work pay off. It’s always rewarding to see the fans happy and the club content gives an open channel for the fans and the players to both interact.”
On Saturday afternoon, Steve Cunningham’s side host Conference North side Chester at the Sovereign Play Stadium, and Gonzales is certainly eager and excited ahead of the game.
“It’s always good to test ourselves against a higher level side. I have no doubt that the lads will pull together as a squad, and put in a solid display. It will only help us in our preparations ahead of the forthcoming season.”