Spencer Day, the manager of Evo-Stik League Premier newcomers Farnborough, has announced the signings of Luke Cairney, Kieran Forbes, Matt Bunyan and the return of 41-year-old prolific marksman Jamie Cureton.
Day explained how his squad building was going to the club`s official website: “In goal, we have signed Luke Cairney, who is the Army number one. With Zaki Oualah signing a pro deal in Algeria, I immediately went after Luke who has glowing references.
“He confirmed his desire to play for Boro, starting at Havant. Sadly for Zaki, his deal fell through and although I had committed to Luke I did speak to Zaki who confirmed that as much as he was willing to return he wouldn’t sign any contract and more importantly was still looking for a move abroad or full-time pro deal immediately.
“This clearly wouldn’t work for us as in a specialist position we couldn’t consider a player than couldn’t commit back to us. We have nothing but praise for Zaki and wish him the very best in getting the move he seeks. However, in Luke we have an outstanding keeper who will be backed up by Aiden Upward as well as another triallist in Liam Stone, who has played for me before.
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— Luke Cairney (@LukeCairney2) July 28, 2017
“In defence, we can confirm that CJ Fearn has signed his contract to add to the signings of Josh Huggins, Ethan Allen, Jack Smith, Nick Hutchings and John Oyenuga, who may or may not leave for the USA in January 2018.
“Another very high-quality centre-half that played most of the Vanarama National League South campaign is due to join us in the next couple of weeks having recovered from long-term injury.
“Sadly, Curtis Osano informed us weeks ago that he doesn’t have the time commitment in order to play football this season with his new career and upcoming wedding and we wish him well.
“The midfield squad consists of Nic Ciardini, Keith Emmerson and Jack Barton that previously signed and with two additions of Matt Bunyan and Kieron Forbes.
“Matt, who his head of Sport at Salesian College in Farnborough which will bring another great school link-up, has plied his trade mainly at Camberley Town where his track record has been impressive and he previously shared a goalscoring partnership of over 60 goals in one season with Perry Coles. He finished last season with Godalming Town.
“Kieran Forbes is a headline signing that we have worked hard to get over the line. Kieran was part of Maidenhead United`s team that won the National League South last season and played for neighbours Aldershot Town as well as being an England C international – I’m delighted to get a player of such quality that shows our hunger to continue the momentum we built up last season.
“Up front we have Perry Coles, Connor Calcutt and are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with St Albans City for the return of Jamie Cureton on a one-year deal. Personal terms have been agreed and Jamie will sign his contract before tomorrow`s tournament.
“Jamie needs no introduction and I’m grateful to Ian Allison at St Albans that has assisted us in bringing Jamie back to the Boro. Pat Cox is still with us contrary to the rumour mill and will be in the starting team tomorrow.
“With five pre-season games still to go, three in four days starting this weekend, I am still looking over three or four trialists of which one or two may be offered deals. With some players unavailable there will be plenty of game time on offer these next few games, chances to try different formations and partnerships as I finalise what is an extremely strong squad. We also will look at our new academy recruits that had an excellent win at Sutton United earlier this week.
“I can also announce the club has agreed a formal partnership with the Army to have complete training facilities at the Aldershot barracks. A full-size grass pitch, a 5-a-side astro and huge gym are already being put to good use and we are delighted and grateful to everyone involved in another positive step forwards.
“It’s always hard in pre-season for players and management alike, and having retained a good amount of last season`s promotion squad that already have many games behind them, I was willing to wait for the right high-quality players to make us stronger rather than look at a huge revolving door of triallists that nearly always don’t make the grade and destabilise training.
“The club has learnt its lessons of years ago and we just don’t have the funds to compete with most clubs at this level so have to wait in turn to pick up the players we seek and put our case that Boro is a great place to come and play football. I put a decent squad out at Havant & Waterlooville and look forward to the inaugural O’Neills Invitation Cup this weekend as we continue to build towards August 12th. I’m sure this update will get you all even more excited for another enjoyable season”.