Blue Square Bet
Published 7th August 2012
....assault on the Blue Square Bet South after the signings of midfielders Jordan Parkes and David Bridges were completed at the weekend.
Ex-Watford man Parkes, who arrives from npower League Two side Barnet, and Cambridge United centurion Bridges - latterly of Kettering Town - put pen-to-paper for the new campaign on Saturday.
Pennyfather still has tonight’s match at Wingate & Finchley and Saturday’s home clash against Boston United available to look at new faces, but he believes most of his squad have already been secured.
“I’m very happy with what we’ve got at the moment, but we’re always looking to improve as any squad is an ongoing project, and if I can fit in another player or two then I will,” he revealed. “The players we have here right now are all very happy and each of them understands the part they have in our framework. We’ve tried out a few different tactics in pre-season so far and I’m pleased that we’re now more flexible with the ways we can line-up in a match.”
Parkes, 23, spent last season in the Football League adding to his fifty-one outings for Barnet, also heading out on loan to Farnborough.
Originally noted as a left-back, he has additional attacking capabilities which allow him to move further forward onto the wings. He honed these talents as a youngster at Vicarage Road, making his full debut in 2008 before several other loan spells. Jordan has represented England at the under-18s, 19s and 20s levels.
Bridges, meanwhile, played thirty-five times for Kettering in the Conference Premier last season after helping them to promotion from the North.
His distinguished career so far includes over one hundred appearances for Cambridge United, where he progressed through the youth ranks.
Now 29, he also has sixty-two games for Stevenage Borough under his belt and he helped set-up one of Cliff Akurang’s goals against East Thurrock United from central midfield.