Whitton boss Paul Bugg is planning ahead as the Greens prepare for two cup finals. The future appears bright as U18s win their league as well
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Whitton United boss Paul Bugg is wasting little time in starting to plan for next season.
Indeed, things are already well underway as the Greens – Thurlow Nunn Division One champions – look forward to life in the Premier Division next season.
“I’ll be on the phone as soon as I can to certain players,” he said.
“I’m not wasting any time putting a squad together for next season and I’ve already had some players approach me.
“But the bottom line is this. Don’t come to us chasing the money. You will need to buy into the Whitton way of doing things and we are building a great club for the future.”
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Whitton have had a terrific season and still have the possibility of winning two cups, on top of their Division One title.
Tomorrow night they play Debenham LC in the Division One KO Cup Final at Woodbridge Town and then, on Bank Holiday Monday, they clash with old foes Ipswich Wanderers in the Suffolk Senior Cup Final at Hadleigh.
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“I’ve been told Whitton have never won the ECL Division One title, but we have now,” said Bugg.
“And they’ve never apparently won the Division One Cup. But we have a chance to do that.
“Winning the Division One title was always the most important thing though. Anything on top of that will be a great bonus.”
Whitton lost just three league games during the season – two of them after they gained promotion.
The side has an average age of 22 at present and, with the club’s Under-18s also celebrating title success, Bugg is excited.
“The future is certainly bright,” he said.
“My assistant Glenn Snell is staying on next year and we obviously expect to bring in a few players.
“The budget has already been agreed, so we know where we want to go.
“Our crowds have improved greatly and we have one of the – if not the – highest-averaged attendance in Division One. Against Ipswich Wanderers in the league earlier in the season, where we drew 3-3, our crowd was 275.”
The fact that Wanderers have also been promoted this season has certainly been welcomed by Bugg, who says he sees the Ipswich-based clubs’ rivalry as something that can only help both of them.
“We want Wanderers in the same League as us,” he said.
“In fact I’ve worked out we will have six local derbies in the Thurlow Nunn Premier next season.
“It’s just a shame Woodbridge won’t be in the Premier Division next season, as that would have made it seven local derbies.”
Elliott Crowe and Kevin Inglis won’t be playing for Whitton in the two cup finals, but Bugg is happy to welcome back Tom Bradlaugh for both matches.
Thurlow Nunn Division One Cup Final, Woodbridge, Friday, 7.45pm
Suffolk Senior Cup Final, Hadleigh FC, Monday, 3pm