Dave Webb, the new manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Swindon Supermarine, has raided former club Highworth Town for five players and now says he is waiting on the decisions of last season’s `Marine players.
Webb has brought in Josh Parsons, wingers Dan Hilder and Matty Horsell, centre back Craig Curtis and left-back Jon Steedman, while another former Elms player, TJ Bohane, has arrived from Shortwood United for his second spell at South Marston.
Only four players that played for `Marine last term have so far signed for the new campaign, who are Rob Dean, Tom Cole, Jamie Prictor and Jon Beeden, and while every player has been spoken to, the respective futures of the likes of skipper Dave Bampton, midfielder Ben Wells, stalwart defender Kyle Lapham and striker Ashley Edenborough remain open. Webb told the Swindon Advertiser: “If people want to stay then my job becomes a lot easier, and if they all come back then we have got the makings of a very competitive side.
“I’m not saying we can match the money paid by other clubs but Supermarine have got a lot to offer. I’m doing everything in my power to make sure these guys return.
“I’ve spoken to other players at Southern League level but you don’t want to give false promises, and I don’t want to go out and get more players when we’ve got the makings of a decent side here.
“I see myself as being in a privileged position and if I can’t get a competitive team together then I’m not the man for the job.
“I’ve got to be confident I can get good players for the football club over time.”
Webb had offered a coaching role to 2011/12 joint/player-manager Gary Horgan but with the experienced midfielder departed for league rivals Hungerford Town in a playing capacity, he has elected instead to bring in ex-Cirencester Development boss Andy Minturn to help out assistant-manager Lee Spalding.