Hereford United boss Martin Foyle prepares for Yeovil Town friendly at Edgar Street (From Hereford Times)
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Hereford United boss Martin Foyle prepares for Yeovil Town friendly at Edgar Street
2:10pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in Local
HEREFORD United boss Martin Foyle says he doesn’t blame Rob Purdie for heading up the A49 to join his former manager Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury Town.
Purdie, who was the Bulls’ player-of-the-year last season, decided to up sticks and play League One football, despite turning down a “very good package” to stay at Edgar Street.
“Rob is a decent lad, but who wouldn’t have done the same thing, I certainly would have gone if it was me,” said Foyle.
“And it might not be a bad thing with him and some of the other players going.
“Sometimes, you need a fresh breed and everyone has been working fantasticly together and the ones who have come in have bedded in well.”
So far, the Bulls have only signed goalkeeper James Bittner and centre-back Luke Graham from Forest Green Rovers, while striker Sean Canham has returned to Edgar Street after being frozen out by the former management team.
Foyle said that two more trialists were due to arrive yesterday (Wednesday) as he hopes to build his squad up to between 17 and 18 players.
One of the players who has already been training with Hereford is midfielder Dave Bird. The 27-year-old was released by Cheltenham Town in January and farmed out to Kidderminster Harriers and Gloucester City.
“I’ve been trying for three weeks to sign some more players and identify who I want to bring in, but we haven’t had much joy,” said Foyle.
Hereford’s first pre-season friendly is against Yeovil Town at Edgar Street this Saturday, but Foyle admits that he’s not a big fan of warm-up games. “They are quite boring and stopstart,”
he said. “All I want is for my players to come through them with no injuries. The Yeovil game won’t dictate anything.”
Foyle added that most of the players will only get 45 minutes under their belts, although Michael Townsend will probably not feature due to a calf problem.
Hereford then face Evesham United at their new Jubilee Stadium next Tuesday (July 17).
Evesham are managed by former Bulls players Matt Clarke and Rob Elmes.
Foyle said he hopes to arrange another friendly for August 4.
But he said: “Nothing was done about pre-season games prior to me coming in, so we are six weeks behind everyone else.
“We have tried everything to get a friendly in for August 4 and we are waiting to hear back from some people. Pre-season should have been done in February, but you can’