Uhlsport Hellenic League
Published 27th June 2012
....lost Carl Davies to Hungerford Town.
The striker initially turned down Hungerford boss Bobby Wilkinson's first offer but the 27-year-old was eventually persuaded after a second phone call and will meet up with his new team-mates at the first training session next Thursday.
Davies scored twenty-four goals in forty-two appearances for the Moles last season but was hampered by a persistant groin injury.
However, Tallentire put a positive spin on the Welshman's loss and said: "It's a blessing in disguise. It gives me a chance to freshen the front line up and find a partner to go alongside Ian."
Davies' departure leaves Tallentire with a 'heavy heart' but he stressed he must move on and has already been working hard to bolster the attack and find a partner for Ian Davies. "I'm quietly confident that we are able to bring the right person in."
Two strikers, a midfielder and a defender are on Tallentire's wish list and he confirmed two of those are close to signing for the Moles.
Speaking about Davies' move to the Southern Division One South & West outfit, Tallentire said: "A club like Hungerford wouldn't go in for him if they didn't think he would do a good job for them."
He warned that a club like Binfield, playing at Step 4 of the football Pyramid cannot be expected to have the financial clout of the likes of Hungerford, who are competing at the top end and seeking promotion into the Southern Premier Division. "We can't compete with a club like that," he said. "Carl's motivated by money and that will be the only reason for leaving Binfield."
The pair have developed a close relationship since Davies' arrival from Woodley Town in 2009 and Tallentire added: "When you analyse what he's done for us over the years, he's done ever so well. He came here and hadn't won a medal and he's been here two years and won four."
Davies has already had a spell in the Southern League with rivals Thatcham Town earlier this year, but it did not go according to plan and he only played twice before returning to Binfield, citing his love for the club. However, the talented Welshman says the prospect of winning honours with Hungerford was too tempting to ignore.
Davies explained: "Hungerford have got ambition, which is what I like. They want to win this league after coming third last year and losing the play-off. The chairman is in agreement with Bobby and he's not afraid to come out and get the better players." Davies, who will be 28 next year, added: "It's sad to leave Binfield but I felt I couldn't risk another year not getting to the Southern League. Mark's been quite supportive. He's behind me all the way."