Jess Walklin learning fast as Welwyn Garden City get set to renew old rivalries

Jess Walklin, captain of Welwyn Garden City FC

Jess Walklin has homework to do ahead of Welwyn Garden City's new Southern League season. - Credit: DANNY LOO

Jess Walklin and foreign imports in the Premier League have one thing in common - they both need schooled in who their rivals are and what the clashes mean to the fans.

The Southern League Division One Central has a very different look to the last couple of prematurely-ended seasons, with the clubs up in the West Midlands replaced by far more familiar teams - Hertford Town and Colney Heath among them.

The skipper said: "The league has changed a lot and I’ll miss those games [against the likes of Corby Town, Halesowen Town and Bedworth United] because I like the trips. 

"I’m not a local lad anyway so I don’t really know about the rivalries. I’m like a foreigner in the Premier League, I need to have them explained to me. 

"But we should have a chance. We’ve been well set in the last few seasons so with that and having the same team, we should be up there again. 

"The nucleus has stayed and Ben Spaul is a really good addition. We’ve got a really strong team and there are a good crop of young players coming through from the U23s."

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