Kidderminster Harriers must be ready for the many and varied challenges that will present themselves over the course of the new campaign, says Matt Gardiner.
The experienced former Worcester City player and coach will kick-off the new campaign at Aggborough after agreeing to become new Manager, John Eustace’s Head of Coaching.
Eustace himself has highlighted Gardiner’s knowledge of the National League North as a vital tool in the club’s impending battle over the course of the campaign.
And, looking to compare what Harriers have left in the National League to what they may come up against more often from August 6th onwards, Gardiner himself was clear about the task in hand.
He outlined: “The main difference for me comes when you watch National League sides or sides that are full time – you can tell they’ve had time to work on different aspects.
“Restarts and organisation on the ball and off the ball are really big things and you can see where that has been coached.
“Equally, in the North, you can have a player who has gone part-time, has a good job, and has come out of the Football League; he has the experience of playing in that position and minutes on the pitch and they’re capable of doing the same.
“The top six clubs in any division can usually play above that level and I think it’s the same in the North.
“There are a lot of good clubs and those who’re coming up are spending a lot of money.
“We have to be ready to compete and be ready for that but, as the manager has said, we’ll as competitive as we can.”