The Hamlet Pitchero team have taken the opportunity to chat to GAVIN ROSE about his new signings, the latest on injuries, & who has left.
One of our new boys is TONY SINCLAIR. Unfortunately he suffered a bad injury on Wednesday night at Eastbourne Town, in our Isthmian League Cup victory, which will see him out for a long period, possibly not being able to pull on a Pink & Blue shirt until the latter part of the season. He came to us from Carshalton Athletic, a player who Gavin knows well, as he has previously had him under his wing at Beckenham Town & Carshalton Athletic.
An update on another of our long term injured, AHMED DEEN is that he will be in a cast for at least four weeks,having his leg broken at Corinthian-Casuals, at this stage it's not possible to plot exactly his recovery period, it could be before the christmas period, or possibly stretch into the new year as to when he's back.
Also, appearing to come off injured down on the south coast was FRANKIE SAWYER, just returning from a spell out! Fortunatley it's not what it seems, he was simply exausted, having come off his sick bed to play, being ill. Gavin told us that he was going to bring him off about the time he got substituted, maybe a bit earlier, but the re-shuffle after Tony got hurt forced his hand a little, with regard to his substitutions. Frankie should be in contention this afternoon against Leatherhead.
Making his debut at The Saffrons in the week was JIDE OGUNBOTE. We have him on loan from Basingstoke Town, of the Blue Square Bet South, for a month. He hasn't played for seven months, & they want him to have some strong, competitive matches with us. Gavin tells us that he's a good lad, who knows his way round a pitch, & Gavin is adamant that he's NOT simply giving him a few run-outs as a favour, & that he's here to strengthen our team.
Two names on the bench as well were LAMAR HURLEY & DANIEL STENNING.
Daniel is a young player, who is still registered with Chelsea until the end of the year. He has been on loan to Welling United, but needs more competitive games to prove himself, so we are giving him a chance at Champion Hill.
Lamar was released by West Ham United at the start of the summer,& has had a few games for our Reserves, where we have looked at him, & he has done well, hence his elevation to the First Team squad. Gavin informed us that he thought it can be hard for a young player to drop down from full time professional football & adjust to the hard pace, only training a few hours once a week in the evening & understanding non-league. But he went on to tell us that he believes Lamar shows good talent, and seems ambitious enough to do well for us. So, like all the other youngsters we have, he will try to nuture him & push him forward.
On the way out is last season's Supporters' Player of the Year DEAN CARPENTER. It has already been mentioned on unofficial fans forums that some comments were made by him on Twitter about the management team, by Dean & Gavin didn't really want to go over old ground. And although Gavin did say that he really didn't have too much choice but to release Dean with his mindset being as it was, as it wasn't positive for the changing rooms; Gavin was fulsome in his praise for 'Chippy' & wished him well:
" Dean has given us great service over the last couple of seasons, many of his performances have been outstanding, I'm sure all of the Hamlet fans will join me in wishing him well in future. Of course it's a shame we had to come to the decision to release him, but that's what happens in football."