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FOOTBALL: Busy spell for Holbeach United boss

Seb Hayes
Seb Hayes

Seb Hayes is rebuilding Holbeach United's squad for a championship challenge next season.

The Tigers boss wants to improve on their fourth-place finish in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

He has brought back striker Josh Ford while goalkeeper Rick Drury, captain Nick Jackson, right-back Lewie Harker and defender Joe Braithwaite agreed to stay at Carter's Park.

Attacker Mitch Griffiths has joined Peterborough Sports. Midfielders George Zuerner and Joe Smith have also left Holbeach.

Hayes said: "Ford can fill in various positions but his best position is a striker.

"If we can get him enjoying his football again, he has the ability to get 25-plus goals in a season.

"Lewis Leckie got 20-plus last season but in the second half, we were desperate for someone to take the pressure off him.

"Four players from last season have committed to stay but this is a busy time talking to others as well.

"We weren't prepared to pay what Griffiths wanted here, we couldn't guarantee a starting place for Zuerner every week and Smith wasn't in our plans either.

"We have parted on good terms but we still have good options in central midfield.

"The focus is on planning pre-season and arranging friendlies but we must try to strengthen this squad at the same time.

"I'm preparing for a title challenge so things need to change. We want something a little bit different within the budget.

"We've got to be ruthless to improve.

"All clubs are looking to strengthen. We've identified targets where we feel we can be part of the title race.

"It will be busy over the next week or two because players must make decisions over staying here or coming in.

"Everyone is chasing the same group of players so we'd like to make our mark as quickly as we can."

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