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Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury retains the services of Luke Hipwell, Michael Hogg and Natalie Halliday




Manager Graham Drury feels stability at the club will be crucial this season after being boosted by the return of his backroom staff.

The Daniels have already secured the playing return of key duo Cosmos Matwasa and Tendai Chitiza.

And Drury's management team of coach Luke Hipwell, goalkeeping guru Michael Hogg and physio Natalie Halliday have now pledged their commitment to the cause.

Luke Hipwell. Photo: Dan Allen (47571141)
Luke Hipwell. Photo: Dan Allen (47571141)

Hipwell joined the Daniels in July of last year after spells with Yaxley and Wisbech while Hogg has been a popular long-term figure in Drury's management team with physio Hailliday being recruited two seasons ago.

Drury said: "I am so pleased to have kept my staff together as stability goes a long way and the players know what they are getting.

"Hippy came in last season and really took the training up a gear. His attention to detail is first class and our working relationship is fantastic.

Michael Hogg. Photo: Dan Allen (47571143)
Michael Hogg. Photo: Dan Allen (47571143)

"Hoggy has been with me for some time now and he has also worked with Dan Haystead over the past five seasons after being with him at Boston as well.

"Hoggy knows the game inside out - although his banter is awful and the lads will tell you that.

"Nat has also come in and been a top drawer physio. The lads get on well with her and I can trust her 100 per cent.

Physio Natalie Halliday. Photo: Dan Allen (47571145)
Physio Natalie Halliday. Photo: Dan Allen (47571145)

"She also plays the game which helps the relationship with the players.

"Without my staff it would be impossible to do my job. They are so important and can be your best signings.

"As a group we love working together. We have a good crack but are also specialists in our own departments."



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