CENTRAL defender Jake Hutchings knows probably better than anyone in Braintree Town’s dressing room that they can prosper if they keep faith with manager Glen Driver’s footballing philosophy.

Driver, who took the Iron helm at the start of June, had a busy summer assembling his first squad pretty much from scratch and has built a group capable of operating how he feels the game should be played.

When he became manager, the former Leiston boss said he wanted his players to get the ball down and build from deep areas with an attractive style of football and his team have been working hard to implement that early in the campaign.

As a centre-half, Hutchings is one of the players who will be involved more than most in that building from the back and having seen how it was effective when he worked with Driver when he was in charge at Leiston, he is backing it to see further success at Braintree.

Hutchings, who has been made club captain by Driver, said: “If you look at the best teams in England at the highest level, they all play out from the back and I believe that’s the right way to play.

“I have played under Glen before and that’s all he has preached and it’s something I definitely buy into.

“Having played under him before and seen how it works, I can relate things to players in the dressing room if there are any unsure and we can all sing off the same page as him.”

It is a style that has shown it can be impressive during the Iron’s early season fixtures, but there will inevitably be teething problems at times as players still get used to a style they may not have operated in before.

However, Hutchings is confident that errors will be eliminated more and more as the Vanarama National League South season progresses as players become increasingly accustomed to playing alongside each other and what Driver wants from them.

“I’m not going to say it’s perfect from minute one,” added the 23-year-old defender.

“There will be mistakes throughout the season and having people being brave and playing out from the back, there will be the odd mistakes. But from it, you will see the benefits and it will be an attractive style of football that we will be playing.”