The Ryman Football League
Published 9th July 2012
....club Horsham, with seven of last season's squad confirmed to have already put pen-to-paper.
Goalkeeper Michael Hunter, Abs Bolaji, Adam Hutchings, Charlie Farmer, Wayne Clarke, Scott Harris and Tony Nwachukwu have all agreed to another term with the Hornets, along with defender/midfielder Matt Simpson and new player-coach Gary Charman, while 19-year-old Jaufrey Mahadoo joins from Oakwood.
Front man Mahadoo, a former Crawley Town youngster, is described by manager Simon Colbran as quick and strong and someone who can hold the ball up well and was one of a number of players to have caught the eye in the recent trial matches.
"I'm really impressed by him" said Colbran. "When I was at Crowborough Athletic I found Ross Treleaven at 18 years old and brought him through and he ended up playing in the Conference. At Worthing we had Ben Williamson. He was only 19 at the time and has now gone on to sign for Port Vale and I think we could have another one in Jaufrey. I have a good feeling about him.
“We've another four players from the trials who are doing really well in training and will make a decision on them pretty soon which will help move us towards our squad target of twenty by the start of the season."
Three players who won't be turning out in the Amber & Green next season, though, are Stuart Robinson, Margate-bound Ray Freeman and Chamal Fenelon, whose recent 'stay' at Horsham was even briefer than previously after he was reported to have joined Gosport Borough this week - to the surprise of the Hornets boss.
"Neither Stuart nor Cham made training last week but I'm very surprised about Cham because he actually signed for us last week. But you're always learning as a manager, and that's something new for me to take on board, but to be honest I've got enough to think about right now without letting it worry me. I'm disappointed that Stuart's decided against joining us but Michael Hunter's attitude has been fantastic, from the moment I told him that Stuart was coming in right through training, and I've had a feeling for some time that Ray might be on his way so that's not a huge shock for me."
But despite these setbacks, Colbran is delighted at the progress of the squad so far. "To have signed this many players so soon is really encouraging and already we have a bit of everything; bite and experience, height, pace and a good mixture of youth so we're getting a good blend together."