Defender Kieran Mills-Evans has praised manager Chris Hughes for the signings he has made over the summer transfer window.

Hughes has strengthened his ranks by bringing in Steve Leslie, Ben Bailey, Jake Cook, Callum Roberts and Sam Phillips.

All but Leslie, who is struggling with a knock, are expected to be involved tomorrow and Mills-Evans believes it is the strongest the squad has looked for a couple of years.

He said: “From my point of view I’m really pleased with the new signings, and the new lads have gelled in brilliantly.

“I believe we have added just what we needed, we have a good mix of everything now and hopefully it could be a strong season for us.”

Mills-Evans also said the experience of former Shrewsbury man Leslie and ex Hednesford defender Bailey could be key.

He added: “They have been brilliant additions. Experience is maybe something we have lacked over the last couple of years, but with these lads coming in it can only help the team.”

Mills-Evans and his team mates will be hoping they can hit the ground running at Cardiff tomorrow, and build on that in the coming weeks.

Last season when visiting Cardiff the Robins were bottom of the table and on a terrible run, then suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Archers.

The defender believes the squad has learned from their mistakes made early on last season.

He added: “We’re 12 months older again which makes a difference.

Being in those situations, and coming off second best isn’t always a bad thing, at the time it’s awful, but you need to learn from those situations.

“I think by adding a few more experienced heads has been key, and us lads from the squad last year will and have had to learn, we don’t want to make the same mistakes again.”


"Chris and Callum have set us up and we will be prepared come Friday night. There’s no reason why we can’t go there and get a result."

KME on Cardiff Met

The new faces have brought competition to the squad for the coming season, and Mills-Evans is looking forward to that.

He is also looking forward to having a new centre back partner, after playing alongside Shrewsbury loanee Ryan Sears last year.

He added: “Competition for places is a brilliant thing. It’s not nice for Chris and his staff, but it’s a healthy kind of competition.

“If we’re pushing each other for starting places it will only be a good thing for the squad and hopefully results will show. Lads want to keep their shirts.

“I had been really settled for six or seven years with Sutts, we had a great partnership but people move on. I really enjoyed playing with Ry last year, he was fantastic and thoroughly deserved to get another year.
“I think bails will, and already has settled in brilliantly. I’ll look after him.”
Friday’s trip to Cardiff is one of a bunch of Friday night away games for the Robins, but that isn’t phasing the squad.
Mills-Evans added: “It’s not ideal but there’s nothing we can do about it.
“We have to approach the game correctly. Chris and Callum have set us up and we will be prepared come Friday night. There’s no reason why we can’t go there and get a result.”