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Sam Lock says Bracknell Town made him 'feel at home' after being announced as their new manager

Bracknell chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse (left) and Sam Lock.

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New Bracknell Town manager Sam Lock says he wants to be challenging at the ‘top end’ of the Isthmian South Central League next season and is looking forward to the challenge that management brings.

The former Maidenhead United assistant manager was unveiled last week as the replacement for Geoff Warner and Lock, who has signed a two-year deal, admits it was Bracknell chairman, Kayne Steinborn-Busse, who convinced him to make the move to Larges Lane.

“It’s a really good opportunity,” said Lock.

“I had the opportunity to go one division higher but Bracknell made me feel at home and the chairman let me make it my own. Bracknell basically said ‘we like you and we will let you do your thing’ and I just have to repay that with performances on the pitch.

“It’s a new challenge for me – it’s a local club and the main thing was the chairman.

“He has a five-year plan, a new stadium being built for next season and there are big things to come.”

Lock will have a tall order to better last season as the Robins made it to the playoff final but he’s confident that, with the right reinforcements and with the backroom staff he has around him, Bracknell will be challenging for promotion once again.

“It will be difficult to improve on last season to be honest,” added Lock. “There are talented boys in the squad and we want to build on the momentum from the year before.

“I’m a winner and I always have been and coaching the team to three points on a Saturday is the main thing.

“I’m lucky, I’ve got a great team around me; Butch (Michael Butcher), Aaron (Steadman) and Matt (Stannard) – we have a great set up.

“I want to finish as high as I can, I’m not afraid to say that.

“I think I will have a better gauge of it come September/October after pre-season but I want to be challenging at the top end of the table.”

The new boss will be looking to shape the squad for the new season and he has already started the

process of talks with players he wants at the club ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

“I’m looking to bring a few players in. I’ve had some verbal agreements with a few players,” said Lock. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

“I built up a good address book during my time at Maidenhead but I certainly won’t just be bringing a load of kids from Maidenhead.”

Lock is joined by former Maidenhead youth coach Aaron Steadman in the dugout after spending a season at Hellenic Premier side Ascot United.

The former Maidenhead United development and youth team boss linked up with Yellamen boss Jamie Tompkins last summer and on Monday helped the club to a league cup triumph, after a 3-1 victory over Windsor FC.

He persuaded a number of Magpies juniors to move to the Racecourse Ground last summer, including Nathan Minhas who was snapped up by National League South side Billericay Town midway through the season.

Posting on twitter, Steadman said: “I’ve made the difficult decision to leave Ascot United to explore more full time opportunities. Huge thanks to Jamie Tompkins for the opportunity to come on board, great manager and a great guy!! Biggest thanks go to the players who have made it such an amazing experience.”

Steadman also led the Berks & Bucks FA u18s side to the South and West Counties League title in the 2018/19 season.

The Yellamen have confirmed that Tompkins will remain as the club's manager.

Tompkins said on www.ascotunited.net : “Aaron’s contribution, commitment and support has been a great asset, along with his drive and determination to progress and succeed, which we have done so having finished in seventh place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, winning the League Cup and reaching the semi-finals of the Floodlit Cup this season.”

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