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Jersey to play Exeter City in pre-season

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TWO Football League clubs are to appear at Springfield within eight days of each other this summer, following confirmation that Exeter City have booked a pre-season tour to Jersey.

Springfield stadium football pitch Picture: ROB CURRIE. (24486611)

Martin Cassidy’s Island squad will face the League Two play-off hopefuls in a friendly fixture on Friday 28 June, before Stevenage FC’s visit to meet Jersey Bulls on Saturday 6 July.

Exeter’s training trip across the Channel has developed from a meeting held between club officials and the JFA earlier this year, and will come a week after the Caesareans return from the Island Games replacement tournament in Ynys Mon.

‘We’ve long thought that more professional clubs could use the Island as a training base, making use of our facilities and taking the opportunity to get away as a group,’ said Jersey FA chief executive Jean-Luc Desbois.

‘It’s also great chance for Martin Cassidy’s side to test themselves against professional opposition and we’re pleased to be building links with Exeter City which we hope will benefit our players and potentially provide them with a development pathway in the near future.’

Exeter chairman Julian Tagg said: ‘We’ve been on a couple of fact-finding visits and been impressed with the set-up. It’ll be a great base for our squad to bond as a group, begin preparations for next season and enjoy a match against the Jersey FA.’

Seventh-placed Exeter currently occupy the final play-off spot in the fourth tier, with two games remaining. They sit two points clear of Colchester United, Carlisle United, Stevenage and Newport County.

Jersey’s men now have at least ten fixtures scheduled for May and June, including Ynys Mon, the Southern Counties Cup final, the Jacksons International Trophy and the Muratti final.

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