The Ryman Football League
Published 2nd May 2012
....the Ryman League Division One North.
A campaign which promised so much was doomed to failure on the back of a disappointing second half of the campaign as Harlow Town missed out on a play-off spot.
And the former Leyton Orient defender says at the heart of Harlow’s new-look team next term will be the signing of up to NINE young players released by professional clubs.
Chapman also plans to keep a few of the side’s more experienced players, including skipper Danny Brown, right-back Donny Barnard and French keeper Bert Bossu.
The Hawks boss has said there will also be a place for winger Luke Marshall, striker Reece Dobson and new signing Danny Elmes – but no spot for experienced striker Bertie Brayley.
Brayley will not be returning to the club.
Meanwhile, Chapman has been impressed with striker Elmes – released by npower League Two Northampton Town – and thinks up to nine more players of this ilk will help reignite the club and fashion a side that can bid for promotion next term.
He told the Harlow Star: “I’ve had a long conversation with Christian Wheeler and Tom Cunningham. The last two seasons we have thrown money at it and it has not quite worked for us.
“My vision for Harlow Town Football Club is that it’s now time to bring in younger players. We want youngsters from professional clubs, where it has not worked out for them, and we will offer them a scholarship – a year’s contract. Half [the squad] will be that age group and the other half will be experienced players.
“Those on a scholarship will have three days a week working on technical ability and the other two days with the rest of the players.”
He continued: “They can then be integrated into our team. I feel it’s the right way to go. This is the way I see it for Harlow Town FC’s future. Scholars would have to be the right quality of player. I have thought about this for quite a while.
“John Barnett and Tom Cunningham are all on board with it. They see it is the right way to go. It will make us stronger in this division.
“It will be fantastic for the football club, for Harlow as a town and will be something the supporters will enjoy as well.”
He added: “It’s not that the money is not there. It just needs a new approach to what we are doing at the club. The club needs a massive lift, but people have to remember we were at the bottom of the league just a couple of years ago. I am still looking to achieve things.”