WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood believes a 3G surface at Woodside Road can only be positive for the club.
Hinshelwood feels it will benefit the club in more than one way. Off the pitch will be the financial reward, while on the pitch he feels it will help his side’s passing style, as well as help intergrate youth players into the first team more easily.
He said: “I definitely think it’s the way forward and I know a few other teams are looking at it. It’s good to have a base, knowing that whatever the weather, training and games will be on. There’s also all the rewards it can bring financially and it’s a really good opportunity for the club to move forward.
“I think it’s really positive, not just in the terms of that we’ll be able to play any time, but it will help us to get the ball down and pass as well.
“To have a regular base where we can train two times a week as well will be invaluable. At the moment, we’re training in Southwick on Tuesday evenings but have struggled to find places on Thursdays.
“The 3G will just be fantastic as it will allow us to do more work with the youth team as well.
“We’ll all be able to train together and it will be a good opportunity to get the first team and youth team together more often. That will then help the integration from the youth team, where Harty (Ian Hart) and his team are doing a great job, into the first team.”
Hinshelwood, a former professional at Brighton & Hove Albion, feels playing on a 3G surface might give Rebels a slight advantage but said: “Everyone would prefer to play on a nice grass pitch but, with the amount that costs, it’s only really Premier League teams or the top Championship sides who can afford to do that.
“There’s not too much difference between a nice grass pitch and a 3G surface, as everything is so advanced now, compared to when QPR used to have their artificial pitch.”
Read the thoughts of lifelong Rebels fan and former secretary Steve Rooke on why a 3G surface may not be the best idea for the club, in the week’s paper.