Danny wants to keep good times rolling

DANNY Laws has arrived at Needham Market with a most impressive CV.And he has the credentials to keep the good times rolling for the Ridgeons League Premier Division club.

By Elvin King

DANNY Laws has arrived at Needham Market with a most impressive CV.

And he has the credentials to keep the good times rolling for the Ridgeons League Premier Division club.

Laws, 33, has taken over from larger than life Mark Morsley at Bloomfields, where he has been installed as joint manager with Chris Tracey.


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“I would not have taken the job if I thought Needham were not ambitious,” said Laws, who made his name turning the West Suffolk College Football School, Bury St Edmunds, into a huge success.

He coupled this with coaching Suffolk to their first ever victory in the FA County Youth Cup with a memorable victory at Portman Road last spring.

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Since then Laws has been coaching full-time at the Norwich City academy.

He is leaving the Canaries and will taking up a PE teaching post in September.

The Claydon-based former goalkeeper went on: “Mark did well, but Needham's success was not just down to one man.

“The club is well run and there is no reason why we cannot achieve a top six finish for the

second year running.

“Without blowing my own trumpet, I was not desperate for a job and there would have been other opportunities for me.

“But Needham have enormous potential and I am looking

forward to working with adults for the first time.

“I learned a great deal with Norwich, working with professional coaches and being in the midst of a Championship club.”

Morsley has taken seven players with him from Needham to AFC Sudbury and with Simon Betts joining Tony Kinsella at Halstead, Laws and Tracey have had to build a new team.

“We have worked hard and one thing is for sure,” said Laws.

“The average age of the side will reduce dramatically and be just over the 20 mark.

“We have signed nine new players on contracts, none of them massive names.

“We cannot go public yet because forms for next season have not been ratified yet.”

Paul Musgrove, Andy Jones and Ben Cranfield are the three

players from Morsley's reign who will be staying at Needham.

Rene Swann, who scored 17 league goals for Ipswich Wanderers last season, is expected to move to Needham while two of Bury Town's youngsters - Daniel Thrower and Rhys Barber - have already signed for Needham.

Utility player Mark Bailey has joined Needham after serving Woodbridge Town well for a

number of years.

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