Overy wants Brondesbury to lay foundations for successful period
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2019
Brondesbury captain James Overy previews the upcoming Middlesex County Division Two season
James Overy has called on Brondesbury to use their relegation to Middlesex County Division Two as a chance to lay the foundations for a successful period for the club.
After finishing in the bottom two of the Premier Division last season, the Harman Drive outfit are back in the second tier for the first time since 2016.
Like all at the club, Brondesbury skipper Overy was gutted to see their two-year stint in the top flight come to an end.
But Overy has urged the Harman Drive side to use their relegation as a positive as the club aim to build for the future.
“Ultimately we want to go back up at the first attempt, but we have a chance of finding a way to play and an identity this season,” he said.
“In recent seasons in the Premier Division, we were perhaps too reactive in the way that we played and we were on the back foot in some matches.
“We have a lot of young players at the club that are involved in Middlesex's youth set-up, so we can start to get them into the first team this season.
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“Hopefully what we're able to do this season can set us up to be successful for many years to come.
“North Middlesex were in a similar position to us a few seasons ago, but they took the chance to reset and have built year on year which is something we would like to emulate.”
Brondesbury will have an overseas player in their ranks for the upcoming campaign, with Australian Max Hope set to bolster their squad this term.
Hope joins a squad at Harman Drive that is largely unchanged despite relegation last term, with no players departing over the winter.
And Overy says that a familiar feel to the roster will be a huge plus for Brondesbury this term.
“The fact that all the players we had last season are staying with the club shows the love we all have for Brondesbury,” he added.
“We know what we're all capable of so hopefully that helps us hit the ground running this season.
“We also know we need to have more belief in our own abilities because at times last season there were some of us that were low on confidence.
“Having Max will be a big boost as he will be with us for the whole season, whereas we were without our overseas player last season for 10 games.”