AFC ST AUSTELL new management team seek friendlies

lee-hodges2New AFC St Austell boss Lee Hodges is seeking pre-season friendly opponents for the ambitious South West Peninsula Premier West Lillywhites.

Hodges said: "We are looking for friendly games and am initially thinking Devon would be nice - because all our league games will be in Cornwall next season - but we are happy to hear from anyone who would like to give us a game in pre-season. It's also good to get a 'name' as well but we'll have to see..."

Teams wishing to play St Austell, who appointed Hodges and Chris Todd as their new management team earlier this week, can contact the club via the Lillywhites website or twitter @AFCStAustell

Epping-born Hodges, 45, heads up Academy coaching at Plymouth Argyle, where he played in every position as a professional footballer. He also played for Torquay United, Reading, Barnet and Tottenham Hostpur, where he began his career in 1992. He has had two spells as manager at Truro City.

Swansea-born coach Todd, 37, heads up Pro Direct Academy at South Devon College, and played for Torquay United, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers and Newport County after starting out at his hometown club in 2000.

The friends were team-mates at Torquay and forged a successful management team at Truro City, for whom both have also played.

Towering defender Todd is set to be player/assistant manager at Poltair after returning to playing for Richard Pears' Western Premier Buckland Athletic last season. He has managed at Eastleigh and Gloucester City.

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