Bath City manager Jerry Gill will put in the hard yards before he thinks about any summer sun.

The season might have just finished, but the Romans boss is already well at work trying to improve on a second straight ninth-placed finish in National League South. Having seen his side end up six points shy of the play-offs, Gill is out to gun for promotion next term and already putting together the pieces.

Wednesday night saw experienced duo Frankie Artus and Kevin Amankwaah become the latest to recommit for another campaign. That followed an initial wave last week, when centre-half duo Dan Ball and Jack Batten, skipper Anthony Straker and frontman Andy Watkins became the first players to be re-signed for next term, joining Sean Rigg, who agreed to a two-season deal when he joined in February.

After Saturday’s 2-1 win over St Albans City, the players broke up for their summer break, but does such a thing exist for managers?

“That’s a good question; it will be what it’ll be,” Gill said. “Until I get my players in place, until I’ve built the squad ready to come back in I guess not.”

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