SAM Collier says he is itching to get started after being named as Royal Wootton Bassett Town manager on a permanent basis.

Collier took over from Rich Hunter towards the end of the Hellenic League Premier Division season last year, and the club have now announced he has been installed into the Bassett hot seat.

A revamped management team sees former Highworth Town assistant Drew Youngsam as assistant boss and Rob Hopkins taking the head coach role.

Collier has also called upon the services of goalkeeper Matthew Bulman as well as Matt Bennett, plus midfielders Dan Cole, Jake Johns and Josh Shama.

Last season’s double player of the year award winner Gio Wrona, midfielders Kai Robinson and Dale Richards, defenders Adam Corcoran and Carl Evans as well as veteran campaigners Steve Yeardley and Tony Joyce have also committed, as has former Hellenic League Premier Division title winner Danny Lachacz.

Now that his own future is settled, Collier says he just wants to get started.

“It was agreed a few weeks ago but we didn’t want to confirm it until we got a few players tied down too,” he said.

“I got the job around Christmas time as a caretaker role to get us through the rest of the season. There wasn’t any pressure on us because we weren’t going up or down.

“I’m looking forward to it. We have had a couple of pre-season training sessions already, so I just want to get back up and running.

“Things are looking relatively good for us. I’ve agreed for around 15 players to sign and I have kept 95 per cent of the players we wanted to retain.

“We have some new additions that I am excited about and I am still hoping to be able to add another three or four as the season goes on.”

After their disappointing 15th-place finish last term, Collier has his eye on a being more competitive this time around.

“Lastly year we started extremely well and we did drop off afterwards,” he added.

“We just want to be competitive and win as many games of football as possible, we know we aren’t going to win everything but that can be our intention.

“A top 10 finish be competitive in the cups and go on some good runs, that will be the main aim for us.

“For me it is just a case of being extremely competitive in everything that we do.”

Meanwhile, Hellenic League Shrivenham have re-signed Dan Drewett from Highworth Town.

Drewett scored six goals in Highworth's Hellenic League Premier Division campaign last season that eventually saw them promoted to the Southern League.

“Dan is a proper winger,” said Shrivenham boss manager Gareth Davies. “He has got bags of pace, he’s direct and he delivers a great final ball.

“He’s going to be a huge asset to us and I’m pleased we’ve managed to get another player of top quality in.”