Horsham trials a success

MORE than 40 players turned up for Horsham Football Club’s Open Trials on Saturday and manager Justin Luchford said he was pleased with the outcome as he looks to piece together his squad.

“We had just over 40 people and we had to be quite cut throat so it wasn’t very pleasant,” Luchford said.

“We did an hour on agility and technical stuff and a few drills, (Assistant managers) Hugo (Langton) and Richard (Langsley) took half each while I kept and eye on what was going on and after the hour we cut it down to 22 for a game. From that were cut it down again and invited 10 or 11 to start training with us next week.

“There was certainly some potential there, although it’s tough to find out if they are Ryman Premier players in two hours but I was surprised with the quality we got and fairly happy with how the trials went.”

Luchford said those who had made it through the trials would now be part of the provisional squad to begin pre-season training this Saturday (July 9), but added that he would be quick to tell the players who don’t make the grade so they have time to find another club.

In terms of last year’s squad, Luchford says he expects Shane Graham and Lee Farrell to join Jahmahl King, Ryan Woodford and youngsters Adam Hutchings and Tony Nwachukwu at pre-season training, while he is still in talks about persuading goalkeeper Mark Zawadski and Paul Kennett to remain at Gorings Mead.

Last week both Woodford and King expressed a desire to take over the captaincy and Luchford said: “They are both very keen, have liked what they’ve seen and heard and we want players who are happy and want to play for the club. There attitude is very pleasing.”

He added that although a “few deals had been done” with new players they would not be in a position to make any announcements until the first pre-season game against Raynes Park Vale on July 23, saying there was no rush or panic.