Wings defender Jamie Sendles-White is pleased to be back at Park View Road and is ready to pick up where he left off last season.
The 28-year-old rejoined Welling United ahead of Saturday’s narrow defeat at the hands of Chelmsford United and helped the Wings to all three points at Dulwich Hamlet on Bank Holiday Monday.
Having initially arrived at the club in March, he played a key role in helping Warren Feeney’s men to survival in Vanarama National League South and he’s excited but the prospects of looking up the table this term, rather than down.
“Last season was all about staying up,” he said.
“The gaffer called me as soon as he got the job and asked if I could come in and help the team stay in the league – thankfully we did that.
“I had a few bits to sort out at the end of the season and the gaffer made it clear that he wanted me to stay, thankfully we were able to get that sorted last week.
“It’s a very, very different atmosphere this season, the club’s in a much better place and things are being done properly which bodes well for the season.”
Despite not having had a full pre-season under his belt, Sendles-White was thrown straight into the side by Feeney for the pair of Bank Holiday weekend fixtures, completing 90 minutes in both.
And he was grateful for the trust show in him by his manager.
“The two games were ough because I’ve not had a proper pre-season,” he explained.
“I’ve been keeping fit, but not training full-time, so it was good to get two games in so quickly as it blows the cobwebs off and I can get going.
“It’s nice to have the trust of the gaffer to throw me in. He knows I’m an experienced lad and that I could get through those games.”
Meanwhile, the centre-back reflected on the two games with plenty of positivity.
“The two games that I’ve played in could have easily been six points,” he said.
“We were unfortunate a little bit against Chelmsford, but things are looking up and that’s why I’m here. I know the gaffer and the club has big plans and it’s a reason I want to be here. I want to be at the top end of the table, fighting for promotion as are all the lads and staff here.”
The Wings return to action at Park View Road as they host Oxford City on Saturday (3pm). Click here to get your tickets.