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Discussions are ongoing with the current squad, and re-engagement forms have been sent out to some players. At the moment, no-one has left the club, with Dean Inman under contract for 2012-13. Harps is hopeful that he can keep most of the squad together, although he realises some of the players will want to continue to play at a higher level than that at which the Beavers will be starting out in August.
The management is also in talks with other interested players, in a move to strengthen all areas of the squad. All the discussions so far, both with the current squad and with new players, have been extremely positive and it’s hoped news will not be far away about new contracts and new signings.
The club is still in negotiations with professional clubs as regards dates for pre-season friendlies. These will be in addition to the one already agreed with Brentford, and will not be subject to the 'Olympic rule' as discussed on the forum recently! Other friendlies, with other non-league clubs are in the process of being finalised and will be announced when confirmed.
As will have been seen on the forum, there have been a number of recent meetings to enhance the development structure within the club, from junior football, through youth football, the academy, the reserves and ultimately to the first team. This will be to ensure that the development of players within the club will be progressive, sustainable and inclusive of all areas of the local community, both on and off the pitch. This will be the first time that a coordinated programme will have been put in place under the HRBFC banner to this extent, and when all parties have agreed to the programme, it will be announced in greater detail.