Adam Hinshelwood feels the pressure will be on other clubs more than Worthing in the coming season – but wants to see signs of progress.

After taking over when Worthing were bottom of the Bostik League Premier Division and with just one point from nine games last season, Hinshelwood led the club to a 16th-placed finish and expectations are now higher heading into the 2018/19 campaign.

Worthing have openly said they want to be a National League club but Hinshelwood has warned there will be a number of strong teams this season and first of all wants to build on last year. James Crane and Ollie Pearce (both Bognor), Will Miles (Burgess Hill) and Callum Kealy (Met Police) have all joined this summer and Hinshelwood has retained the majority of last season’s squad.

Three members of that squad, Reece Meekums, Lucas Covolan and Aarran Racine, are all trialling at higher-league clubs over the next few days, while Danny Barker – who also hopes to move up the football ladder – is on holiday. Hinshelwood would welcome all four back if no other moves materialised and also hopes to add a goalkeeper from a professional club on a six-month loan for the new season.

Worthing begin their pre-season friendlies at home to South Park this weekend and looking ahead to the new campaign, Hinshelwood said: “I’m quite relaxed about it.

“There’s going to be a number of teams that are going to be looking to do the same thing and some have a lot bigger budget than us.

“We’ve got to be realistic. Pete (Stone, chairman) has told the fans the budget has stayed the same as last year, so although we’ve been very lucky in what we’ve recruited within that budget, there is no pressure from the board.

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