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Andy Scott confident Shots' off-the-field problems behind them

Manager spoke about new signings as the club's 2014-15 home and away kits were revealed

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Aldershot Town FC manager Andy Scott

Andy Scott reckons the infrastructure is now in place to fire Aldershot Town back into the Football League.

The Shots boss was invited to attend the official kit launch at the Electrical Services Stadium, while the club's record goalscorer, Mark Butler, was unveiled as the new commercial manager.

So, not to be left out, Scott used it as the perfect opportunity to introduce a new arrival of his own - centre back Glenn Wilson, who joins the Shots having been an ever-present captain for Salisbury City last season.

It's all a far cry from 12 months ago with the cash-strapped club's future hanging by the thinnest of threads and Scott forced to register players on the coach on the way up to the opening game at Grimsby Town.

But now the boss has every reason to plan ahead for a bright new future, with the club's off-the-field affairs slowly paving the way for a Conference Premier promotion push.

"It's been a good close season both on and off the pitch, we've worked very hard," Scott said.

"The situations at Hereford and Salisbury are a shuddering reminder of where we could have been but I think everyone understands now that we are doing things the right way.

"Initially, we've got to cut our cloth accordingly and financially understand where we are.

"We must establish ourselves as a strong Conference Premier side and see where that takes us.

"It's about making sure we get the best out of the finances that we've got and I'm pleased with what we've done so far."

Aldershot Town FC Glenn Wilson, Aldershot Town new signing in the 2014-15 home kit
Glenn Wilson, Aldershot Town new signing in the 2014-15 home kit
 

Scott went on: "We've got a lot of people who have stuck with the club through the bad times but what's just as encouraging is that we've got a lot of new sponsors and a lot of new faces who want to be involved with the club.

"That can only improve and get better so long as we are looking after them and working with them.

"Also though, it's about winning football matches on the pitch and giving them some entertainment and something to cheer.

"That's my job as a manager to ensure that and together I believe we are in a good position to do that."

Certainly Scott is beginning to play his part after landing his first signing of the summer, while also tying up deals to bring back two of last season's key players, playmaker Mark Molesley and top scorer Brett Williams.

Wilson, the 28-year-old former Crawley centre back who can also play at right back, turned out for the Shots during pre-season last summer but with the club's future uncertain he made the move to Salisbury City, where he became a pivotal member of the Whites' set up.

"It's a pleasure to be here", Wilson said. "This will be my ninth season in the Conference and this is always a tough league, but I'm looking forward to another challenge.

"The gaffer really impressed me, and I jumped at the chance to join."

A strong, solid and committed defender, how does Wilson describe himself as a player?

"I try to be as consistent as I can and do my best for the team," he said.

"I played 90% of my games last season at centre back and I enjoy that position, but over the years I've played almost every position apart from in goal! As long as the team are doing well. I'm happy."

Aldershot Town Glenn Wilson, Aldershot Town's new signing in the 2014-15 away kit
Glenn Wilson, Aldershot Town's new signing in the 2014-15 away kit
 

On getting his man, Scott said: "Glenn's got a lot of games under his belt at this level, he understands what it's like to get out of this league and be successful.

"He's a very steady player, he understands his job and he'll fit in great with the group of players we've got.

"I tried to sign him last year but due to the problems we were having he went to Salisbury, but we've got his this year and I'm really pleased about that."

Scott has also continued to strengthen his squad with the re-signing of two fans' favourites from last season.

Molesley, 33, returned to Aldershot Town last summer for his third spell at the club, producing a series of typically dynamic and attacking displays in midfield and capping a fine season with the winning goal at Woking in the penultimate game which sealed the club's Conference Premier survival.

Scott added: "It's no coincidence that we struggled for periods when Mark wasn't in the side.

"He gives us so much in terms of energy and ability, his enthusiasm is that of an 18-year-old and he's great in the dressing room.

"It's important we got him tied up because he's a catalyst for what we want to do. He's exciting, unpredictable and gives us something different."

And Scott completed a successful week by finally securing 28-goal Williams for another year, beating off interest from the likes of Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

"Brett was at a crossroads this time last season but I asked him to put his faith in me as a manager and we worked well together," the boss added.

"It was a successful relationship for both of us. He proved a few people wrong and finished up with 28 goals.

"He'll have more competition for his place this year, which is also key to keep him on his toes.

"But if he can perform and score as many goals as he did last year he'll be set to be rewarded with a move he deserves."

 
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