On his squad strengthening
The aim of a manager is to constantly improve and we have
made a number of signings over the summer, which I feel has
strengthened the squad. Ian Simpemba
has signed from Crawley – he’s a fine right back
who has represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.
At left back we have signed Lewis Hamilton,
who has played at Aldershot, QPR and Derby. Lewis
Cook is a very exciting left winger who has already
scored three goals in pre season training.
Andy Drury is a right winger who is a real crowd-pleaser.
He’s got unbelievable ball-skills and has really impressed
in pre-season. Gary Holloway is
a midfielder of really high calibre who turned down a League
contract to Chester because of work commitments: we are very
fortunate to have picked him up. Jay
Saunders is a goal-scoring midfielder we picked up
from Gravesend, who is good at making late runs into the box.
He’s a 10-goal-a-season midfielder; in fact he got 15
last season. Up front we have signed Paul
Booth from Cambridge City. He was the top scorer in
non-league football last season, with 35 goals for Cambridge
City. Another central midfielder we’ve signed up is
Anthony Storey, who played for
us a couple of seasons back. He scored 13 from central midfield
for Eastbourne Borough last season: he used to play for Middlesbrough,
and Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier. Finally there’s
striker Jamie Cade, who made
a very decent contribution on loan from Crawley last season.”