Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith has spoken of his delight at The Pitmen securing no less than four new signings after a busy week which has seen the Keys Park outfit begin to shape their squad for next season.
Smith has moved to strengthen his first team in the goalscoring department after admitting that a lack of goals towards the end of last season was a pivitol factor in his side not securing promotion from the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division.
The three strikers coming into the squad are Aaron Rey and Neil Harvey from Merseyside outfit Marine FC and Michael Lennon from Nantwich Town; Smith was keen to put on record how happy he was securing the signatures of such proven quality players.
‘Anyone who saw Marine last season knows that the front pairing were a real handful. Neil has played in the World Cup for Barbados and is a cracking lad with a great attitude. He is one of the most dangerous strikers in this league; to say I’m amazed to get him is an understatement.
Aaron will compliment Neil very well, they have an excellent understanding, he is very strong with good feet and scores goals.’
The capture of Michael Lennon, scorer of his hundredth goal for the Cheshire side in Hednesford’s away fixture last season, will bring further depth to the attacking department and bring competition to the squad.
‘Michael’s goalscoring record speaks for itself, he is proven at this level. Again, I was very surprised he was available so we had to move quickly. It was our big failing last season not scoring goals, Michael will pretty much guarantee you that. The great thing about the three of them is that they have shown the right attitude in wanting to come to the Club.’
The fourth signing sees Dave MacPherson make a return to Keys Park after his first spell during Phil Starbuck’s reign and Smith sees the Nantwich midfielder as a direct replacement for the soon-to-be departing Chris Clements.
‘Dave was very impressive in this league last year in centre midfield, especially when he played against us. He has that valuable experience which we lacked and scored a lot of goals from midfield.’
With regard to the current first team squad Smith admitted that his time has been taken up negotiating the new arrivals but he will make decisions about the future of numerous players in the next week or so.
‘I have not had chance to speak to most of the current squad as my feet have hardly touched the ground. Decisions will be made next week, along with other signings from elsewhere.’
Club Secretary Terry McMahon, speaking from his holiday in the glorious sunshine of Northern England, also expressed his positive feeling about the new players, noting that no fees have been paid and confirmed that player of the year Clements’ future lies away from Keys Park at a higher level.
‘All of the players are out of contract and over twenty-four so no fee has been paid by the Club. Clements’ move to Mansfield is now all agreed and we will handle the formalities when I get back. It is a great deal for Chris and for our Club and we naturally wish him all the very best.’