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Jay's Friday Briefing


Jay speaks with Matt Davison prior to tomorrow's trip to Slough

Tonbridge manager Jay Saunders hopes the introduction of last season's top scorer Jordan Greenidge will add a bit of confidence to the team as we prepare to visit bottom side Slough Town.

Greenidge has joined permanently after last season's successful loan spell.

Jay Saunders said:  "I don't think any of the players were aware he was coming back, it happened very quickly. Jordan and I had kept in touch, he was speaking to other clubs and had offers on the table, but for him, none of them were quite right, and on Tuesday he said he'd like to come back. He said he enjoyed his football here, he wanted to get playing again and scoring goals. As soon as he said that, I felt it was a decision we had to make. I spoke to Sophie and we acted as quickly as we could.  

"Obviously budgets mean when someone comes in, someone has to leave. I just felt it was the right time for him to come in."

With Jordan not playing any football yet this season, I asked how near Jordan is to match fitness:

"He's actually in good shape.  He's lost weight since last season.  He wasn't fully fit last season, he's lacking game time but he trained well last night, and because of his goals he gives the boys belief."

After a busy week in the transfer market, I also asked whether further changes were expected.

"There might possibly be other changes yes.  I've made it clear in the final third it hasn't clicked, and that's the area I'm looking at.  If that does happen others might have to leave, and I'm sure there'll be news sooner or later."

On the game, Slough have won just one game so far this season, but Jay feels their league position is a false one:

He said: "I've been impressed with Slough, I get on really well with Scott, their manager, we spoke quite a bit since the start of the season. I've seen three or four of their games and am surprised to see where they are. They've got energy, loads of legs, against Torquay it was one way traffic, Slough could have been three or four up, but like us they've had a lot of the ball, a lot of chances and not taken them. I don't think we should look into their league position too much. It will be a game where both teams look to score a lot of goals and I hope we can get a positive result. Everyone trained last night, everyone's fit and available so we're looking forward to it."

Published Friday 1st September 2023