SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding says plans are progressing nicely ahead of the club’s Southern League Premier Division return.

Marine’s Division One West play-off final win over Wimborne Town on May 7 signalled a retuned to the Southern Premier after a six-year absence.

Spalding, who was appointed as manager after a spell in interim charge in the wake of their promotion run, says it is important he keeps as many of last season’s group together as possible.

With all but two players agreeing to stay on to the Webbswood Stadium, Spalding has made two new additions to his side, with Daniel Williamson agreeing to switch from Winchester City.

The Marine boss also recruited striker Conor McDonagh after conceding they needed more firepower.

“It was important we kept the group together from last a season because it lets everyone have an opportunity to prove what they are capable of,” said Spalding.

“I’ve focussed on three or four signings, it just takes a long time to get round and speak to them. I’ve been telling them what direction the club is looking to go in and what we are trying to achieve.

“I think we definitely needed a forward. Last season we tried to do that at the start of the year and weren’t able to do so.

“Bradley Gray did really well up there, but I think it is a position were we needed to strengthen.

“We are probably looking to bring another midfield player into the mix as well. I just feel it is really important we add a few if we want to kick on.

“We need to bring in one or two really good players to push us on a little bit with the momentum we gained from last season.”

Spalding took over from Dave Webb during the second half of last season and suffered just three defeats as Marine marched to promotion.

The play-off final win eventually led to him taking over on a full-time basis, and while he is thoroughly enjoying the new role, he admits it is hard work.

“It’s a different role. I’m a lot busier, I’m taking a lot more phone calls and I am going to a lot more meetings,” added Spalding.

“It’s part of the job and it has been good. There is a lot more pressure than when I was assistant.

“I’ll be judged on the signings I make, and we have to make sure it is the right people and the right players who come into the club.”