As we near ever closer to the start of the 2013/14 Skrill Premier League season, the anticipation is beginning to rise in and around Ewen Fields. Pundits left, right and centre alongside several bookmakers nationwide had tipped Hyde before the start of the 12/13 season to return straight back to the division where they had fought so hard under Gary Lowe to be promoted from, but the last campaign was certainly a turn up for the books as Hyde deservedly maintained their position in the highest tier of the semi-professional game. Expectedly, Hyde alongside several of the other sides which found themselves in the lower half of the league table in the last campaign have been predicted to struggle once again, but there is a great deal of pre-season optimism amongst the fans.
The departures of Phil Jevons to Stockport County and Scott Hogan to Rochdale amongst many more, Hyde have sought to fill the empty spaces left by the several outgoing players by working quickly to replace them with players of similar calibre who they hope can provide enough quality to help Hyde remain in the Skrill Premier this season. The likes of forward Tom Collins and defender Matty Mainwaring have signed from Stockport County, Defender Will Haining has been snapped from Morecambe alongside forward Danny Carlton and wing back Connor Hughes. Integral to the success of Hyde in the past-campaign were an abundance of loan signings throughout the season, and much to the pleasure of Hyde fans, Scott McNiven has brought back Liam Tomsett and Louis Almond whilst bolstering the side with additions from the youth squad who have impressed during pre-season.
Although nobody knows what the future holds, whilst there is little expectation from the fans behind a team who are relatively newcomers to the Conference Premier, there is a great deal of optimism about the upcoming campaign and hopefully with a good start to the season, any necessary additions to continue in the strengthening in the side alongside a great deal of consistency, who knows where Hyde could finish.
League prediction: 15th