Blue Square Bet
Published 15th June 2012
......his mobile 'phone and pen for a ball and the smell of wet grass, but with pre-season training still a few weeks away he kept himself busy anyway by adding a third new signing to the Blue Square Bet South club`s squad.
Gayle has added a strapping young defender to the signatures of new 'keeper Jack Turner and experienced midfielder Elliott Godfrey in the last few days.
The 'new boy' is massive 6'5" central defender Teddy Ngoy, a 22-year-old originally from the Congo, but who has been most recently signed with top Belgian club Standard Liege having been a Belgian national since he was a youngster.
Gayle received news of the available player from a close and trusted associate who came in to the club`s Egham office on Friday morning to oversee the signing, having previously discussed the opportunity in recent weeks.
Speaking after completing the administrative requirements along with club secretary Steve Parsons, Gayle said of his latest signing: "He's another young and hungry player who is really keen to kick-on his playing career and he can do that with us.
“He'd previously been entertained on an extended trial with Spurs and had also been called in by a couple of Football League clubs, but now he's signed for us and we can put him in the shop window. That said, I'm looking for Teddy to do a job for us and really show us what he can do, I hope that he'll be around for a while - he's still only young." Gayle also enjoyed an earlier meeting on Friday with another prospective signing - a young, free-scoring striker. But with a potential offer from a pro side on the Continent also a possibility, then the Swans manager has had to put any paperwork aside here until the end of the month, by which time the players` position will be clear - one way or the other. Departing the office for the weekend, the manager was looking forward to a short break but was at pains to say that more meetings were already scheduled for the coming week, not least with Swans long-serving skipper Danny Gordon, who missed the last weeks of the season due to personal issues. However, and as Gayle added: "We need to understand where Danny wants to be now and, if he's good and ready to get back to playing then, where better to do that than with those he knows best here at Staines Town FC."