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Deeping Rangers have appointed a new management team for the United Counties League Premier Division North season

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Deeping Rangers' new management team want to continue the progress of the United Counties League club.

Luke Hipwell and Scott Bogusz were appointed as joint bosses of the Premier Division North club last week with Ross Watson being named as their assistant.

Rangers finished in fifth place last season under the stewardship of Daniel French and joint boss Hipwell is hoping that can be built on in the new season that starts on July 30.

Luke Hipwell. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57812860)
Luke Hipwell. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57812860)

He said: "There's a brilliant infrastructure at the club already. You can see what the club have already done and what they're trying to do.

"We have got players coming through the system which is nice to see and it's something we will be trying to embed as we move through the season.

"Daniel French had done a good job and had retained the players already at the club plus those that we can bring in.

"It was a massive help and a fifth place finish last season was a really good achievement.

"It's about us trying to make progress from last season now. There was 36 points between fifth and first place so can we narrow that gap?

"It's got to be the ambition and, with five cup competitions this season, can we progress as much as possible in those to try and make the club some money as well.

"All in all, if we can do that this season then it will have been a successful one."

The new bosses have putting the Clarets through their paces in pre-season training ahead of their opening friendly on Thursday night when they travel to face Peterborough League Premier Division side Stilton.

Hipwell added: "We've had really good numbers and we've spoken to the lads about where we want to go and what our expectations are.

"We've been really pleased with how the lads have responded. It's been really positive, the attitudes have been spot on and they've worked really hard.

"We've said to them that it's a clean slate for everyone. There's 16 places up for grabs on July 30 and it's up to them to get themselves into that position where they're either in the starting eleven or in the 16.

"From what I have seen from the squad, we are going to have make some tough decisions later down the line.

"But, at the moment, it's about seeing what we've got and where we're going to be come July 30.

"We're not coming in with any kind of pre-conceptions. It's about what happens this season and we will treat everything on merit.

"We are going to be transparent and will be honest with players which I think is the way to be.

"It was how I worked with Graham Drury at Stamford by having that integrity and I learned a lot from him."

Hipwell admitted it had been a difficult decision to depart the Daniels but felt the chance to take charge of the Clarets with Bogusz and Watson was too good to turn down.

He explained: "It was a really tough decision because Graham and I work so well together and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and how he supported me.

"It was a double-edged sword in terms of part of me wanting to stay at the club but it felt like it was too good an opportunity to not explore.

"I spoke with Ross and Scott and we get on really well. We have the same type of values and where we want to go and what we want to try and do in terms of management.

"We had a conversation when the job came up and said would we ever get this opportunity again for all three of us at the same time to want to do something like this.

"We came to the conclusion that it was a no so we had to explore it and make sure it was right for us."

After the opening friendly at Stilton, Rangers make the trip to Whittlesey on Saturday before hosting Cambridge City on Tuesday night.

They then visit Holbeach on Saturday, July 16, before entertaining Spalding United on Tuesday, July 19.

A home match with Yaxley on Saturday, July 23, is then followed by a short trip to Blackstones on Monday, July 25.

Hipwell commented: "We've got a nice blend and getting the Whittlesey game was key to have an extra match before we play Cambridge City.

"We will have had five sessions before the first game and the lads just want to be playing now so it's crucial in terms of getting minutes into players.

"We'll look to get all of the lads 45 minutes going into the Cambridge game where we will try and increase that."

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