DORCHESTER Town manager Leigh Robinson is relishing the prospect of constructing his own Magpies’ squad, labelling the task a “massive rebuild”.

Robinson, along with first-team coach Robbie Herrera, joined in early January after the resignation of previous boss Callum Brooks.

With the FA voiding the season due to COVID-19, Dorchester have this season avoided relegation after being 11 points off Yate in the final safe spot in BetVictor Southern League South.

The Magpies used over 40 players during the campaign in a bid to escape the drop.

And Robinson will now use Dorchester’s resources to compile his own squad for the 2020/21 season.

He told Echosport: “I knew when I came in (the squad) needed a massive rebuild because it’s been stagnating on the pitch for quite a few years – being honest about it.

“It needs a whole new fresh start. That was what I was brought in to do, get through the season as best as we could and build in the summer.

“We’ve got a very clear vision of where we want this team to go. One of those key things is that the team has to be much, much more dynamic than what it is now.

“If I look at games I watched before I took over and then the games I was in charge for, for this division we were badly down on legs and dynamism.

“It’s absolutely massive, crucial currency in non-league football nowadays. Across the squad we were much less dynamic than an awful lot of teams in that division.

“That’s something we’ve got to fix urgently. A lot of the rebuild will be to make this Dorchester team younger, fresher, hungrier and a lot more dynamic.

“I didn’t see that in the games I watched, so that’s where we want to take it in the future.”

With financial implications arising from the coronavirus pandemic, Robinson stressed the need for honesty with his players to avoid “broken promises”.

He said: “It’s a tricky time because no-one knows when next season’s going to start.

“You can’t plan for when pre-season’s going to start, friendlies, when players’ contracts are going to start or even when they’re going to get paid if they’re non-contract.

“It’s a really up-in-the-air time – I worry a little bit for non-league football in the next few months because there are going to be many, many promises broken.

“Promises will get made now and perhaps won’t be able to be fulfilled when the season comes around because clubs might say they’ve got X budget now.

“If the coronavirus has the effect that it’s doing now on the economy and businesses, sponsorship or commercial revenue goes down.

“All of a sudden, you’re looking at budget Y and that’s going to affect players.

“From my point of view, we’ll make sure we’re as honest as we possibly can be with players and not go round promising things to players we can’t deliver.

“And when the season does start again we’ve got our core of eight or nine (players), some which are already at the club, some aren’t, then we can build around that.”

He added: “We’ve got a rough idea of our budget but then if the coronavirus goes on much longer we might be looking at a different figure. I guess a lot of other clubs are in that boat as well.

“There will be a lot of broken promises and we’ve got to make sure we’re not one of those clubs that conducts ourselves like that.”