The Ryman Football League
Published 6th July 2012
.....season in the Ryman League Premier Division.
Attacking midfielder Hahn played for Town under the management of Stewart Margolis four years ago, and has considerable experience of playing at Step 3 of non-League football.
And boss Steve Newing is delighted that Hahn has decided to return to the club.
“Mitch is a talented footballer and he expressed an interest in coming back,” he said. “He’s not come here demanding money and he’s under no illusions that he’ll have to fight for his place.
“He’s got a bit of flexibility about him because he can play in the wide roles, but I see him featuring more centrally as an attacking midfield player.
“He is quite creative, but he’s also got the ability to provide the goals from midfield which we’ve been lacking a bit since Jon Moore left.”
Hahn was one of an initial batch of ten players who signed forms with the club during their first two pre-season training sessions over the past week, with fellow midfield player Joe O’Brien completing his anticipated move from Potters Bar Town.
The other eight players were all with Town last season, including skipper Mark Kirby, Liam Hope – the leading scorer in Ryman Division One North – and Walid Matata, who grabbed the decisive goal in the play-off final.
Leon Osei, Michael Bardle, Jordan Lockie, Lee Allen and Michael Ewang are the other players to have signed, with further registrations set to be made in the coming week.
“I’m pleased with the way that things are shaping up,” Newing said. “I don’t necessarily see us making any other major signings, but I’m not at all worried about that.
“Having Bardle around is pretty much like another new signing, because he basically missed the whole of last season through injury.
“He’s fit again now and is raring to go. He’s played quite a lot for us at left-back, but I see him more as a midfield player because he’s got too much energy and drive to play in defence. I hope he has an injury free pre-season and that we can get the best out of him.
“Pretty much all of last season’s squad have committed to staying, and I’m just waiting on Dean Pennant, Neil Johnston and Jey Siva to decide what they want to do.”
Enfield face their first fixture of the summer on Sunday when they host Wrexham for the Supporters’ Direct Cup, which will be preceded by the Supporters’ Direct Shield game between Fisher FC and Lewes.
“It’s brilliant for the club to be asked to host the event,” Newing added. “Unfortunately we’ve got lots of players who aren’t available, so whoever is around will be involved.
“Two or three youngsters will definitely be involved, and I certainly won’t be asking anyone to play for more than an hour. The match is basically a fitness exercise, and I’m not at all interested in the result.”
Meanwhile, Enfield have agreed a two-year deal with local company Direct Boot and Embroidery which will see them take over as their shirt sponsors.
Direct Boot’s managing director Mark Cooper said: “It’s great to be back with such a progressive club, whose facilities, support and progression is something which all of Enfield should be extremely proud of.”