Boreham Wood’s management team are delighted that the patience they showed in Player recruitment during the pre season and transfer window has been rewarded. As they announce their ambition with the triple signings of Greg Morgan, Cliff Akurang and Mauro Vilhete..
Manager Ian Allinson said ‘Greg is fast approaching full fitness after his injury problems last season. Greg chose to leave us for a season at Chelmsford City, though that move was unfortunately disrupted by injury. He has now been put through a rigorous fitness assessment, carried out by our Clinical lead Megan Reid. She has given Greg a clean bill of health and i hope he can now carry on where he left off with us and quickly challenge for a starting position..
Striker Cliff Akurang will also join our Playing squad and he will join the Clubs highly regardedPASE Academy Coaching Staff. Cliff has a wealth of experience as a Player in both the Pro and Non League game. His goals and work ethic helped Braintree to win this Division in 2010/11 and if he applies himself in a Coaching capacity, he can over the season add a UEFA ‘B’ license to his coaching CV.. As Cliff assist’s our ‘A’ license coach Mario Noto, at the clubs Enfield centre 5 days a week and is given one of our youth teams to manage ..
Completing the trio of signings is Wide man come Striker, Mauro Vilhete.. He arrives at Meadow Park on a long term loan from Barnet and will remain with us at the club until the transfer window re-opens in January. Mauro is very well known to the dressing room following his successful and exciting loan spell with us last season. He has been a target of mine all summer long and I’m thrilled to welcome back such a talented Player..
All three players will go straight into the squad to face Truro away this Saturday and will travel to the team hotel with the squad when we depart from the club on Friday afternoon.
Allinson continued “I’m absolutely delighted with the attacking options that these three lads will give me. It also endorses the stance our Chairman took in July, when our wage structure couldn’t compete with Player demands and it left me without summer target Sam Cox.. Sam went to Hayes for big wages but the Chairman told me to be patient and was convinced the right players at the right price would become available. He told me if they did, he would back my judgement and In truth he has been true to his word and these signings allow me and my assistant Luke Garrard to plan with confidence”..
Chairman Danny Hunter said “Everyone has to remember though we don’t use it as an excuse to fail, we are a small club in this division, who are poorly supported in terms of numbers and we are punching way above our weight. So you must have patience in our position and we must take small steps to progress the club and when Ian is putting a squad together I have to remind him to watch the pennies”.
“Over ambition leads to paying mediocre players far more than their talent, their playing record or their efforts actually warrant. I’ve watched so many Managers blow their budgets on foolish Contract offers in June and July and it then makes it very difficult to manoeuvre when it doesn’t work out as planned and players then decide to sit on contracts”.
“The strength of our dressing room is always going to be the Gaffer, the Coaching staff, the Players within it and the clubs infra-structure. Luckily for the last 3 or 4 years, we have had a revitalised club, a rejuvenated Management team, a great set of Players and a wonderful infra-structure which has been the secret of our recent success on the football front.. However to get these three quality additions in to the club this week for less than what Certain Players were asking for in the summer is tremendous business on our part”..
“We’re improving on and off the field each year, we have started our league campaign brightly. So the hard work, ambition and confidence around the club is great to see but if the squad wants to stay in the top half of the table, it was a little short in numbers. However as I said, If Ian had spent the majority of his budget on two or three players in July, we would of struggled the moment we hit injury’s, poor form or suspensions”
These 3 new signings will reward the Gaffer for his patience, it will strengthen the desire of the dressing room and as a club we just hope we can compete with the bigger clubs.. It will also goes some way to redress the balance of entering this season with just thirteen senior Players and relying on our wonderful youth structure who have been fantastic and helped us to remain unbeaten in the first four league games”.. concluded Hunter.