Looks like Basford United are putting together a really big squad for their upcoming season in the CMFL South Division.
"United's 1st team managers Daz Saunders and Russ Best continue to build what looks a formidable squad with the signing of Martin Holt. A target for many a month Holty will prove a superb signing and will enhance the central midfield area. Holty showed in his appearance against Thoresby what he can bring to the team alongside Josh Niblett. Ryan Johnson - GSB, Courtney Hastings Bulwell FC, Danny Walker GSB and Joe Richardson - Dunkirk have all put pen to paper. Flanker Ryan Johnson is pedigree through and through and has long been admired by Basford for many a season so we are absolutely delighted to get him on board.
Young striker Courtney is also one that has vast talent and one that has obviously been closely monitored by us in recent season playing on our ground for Bulwell. Courtney excelled last season and played in the NSL rep team and this season has looked very lively in training and gave us a new dimension last Sat when he came on for the 1st team at home to Radcliffe Olympic, bagging a brace and creating havoc.
Danny Walker returns to Basford after two seasons away at GSB and possesses great ability and versatility. Sadly he has a big ban but no doubt he will give us a big impact when he returns in the new year. Ben Richardson is another signing that looks very assured and did well when entering the game Sat at left full back. With ex Greenwood defender Ash Harrison looking likely to move to Arnold, Russ and Daz now have good options available for the left back slot.
Basford United are delighted to welcome back former quality players in leader striker Kevin Walker and defender Gary Willows who return to Basford after an excellent double winning season for Boots. Also making the move from Boots are the excellent Ben Moore who excelled at sweeper last season but who can be just as effective in the centre of the park and top rated flanker Tommy Kemp who can give us a real goal threat from the flank.
With another favourite and big character keeper Curtis MacDonald returning to United from GSB then Curtis adds competition to last seasons keeper youngster Matt Simpson who looks likely to be sidelined with a knee problem requiring surgery. Other new signings include top rated full backs Ash Harrison who joins from EMCL Greenwood Meadows as well as Richard Hodgeson who joins from EMCL Heanor Town.
Aaron Jenkins who comes from an excellent Jenkins football family, joins from GSB and other notable signings include flanker Jason Russell who excelled under Daz Saunders during his time as manager for Pelican in previous campaigns,strikers Lee Day - Dunkirk and Jordan Blair - Greenwood and a further defender John Madden who has impressed so far this preseason.
Basford United are pleased to keep hold of most of our key players from last season, and very pleasing that have held off the advances of higher rated clubs to keep hold of our star players Josh Niblett & Tyrone Gray. We are hopeful Skipper Mark Dimech will commit for another season and also delighted that last seasons excellent performers Rusharn Bennett,Damo Rennicks,John Manders, Gary Wright, Craig Macaffrey, Mark Nixon, Robbie England, Ciaron Gibbins & the vacating Phil Bignall have all committed for the new season (?). With Josh and Richard Hodgeson away for tomorrows game and injuries to Jay Russell, Russ Best will select from a big squad and will field a couple of other quality trialists who we are hopeful of signing."
I think a few trips to Greenwich Avenue may be in the offing!!