Horsham FC rebuilding job starts early

JPCT-03-03-12  FOOTBALL: Horsham v Tooting at Gorings Mead. New manager Simon Colbran, first game in charge. S12100606a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-03-03-12 FOOTBALL: Horsham v Tooting at Gorings Mead. New manager Simon Colbran, first game in charge. S12100606a -photo by Steve Cobb

SIMON Colbran is already in talks with a number of potential new Horsham players.

With the season only just finishing the Hornets boss is keen to add to the strong core of players who are already believed to have committed themselves for next year.

Colbran said: “I’m in talks with about eight or ten players at the moment, a couple are looking almost done but we’ll have to see what happens.

“The last thing I want to do is go into next season without a strong squad of players but I’m very happy that a lot of the squad have already committed themselves.”

The likes of Andrew Atkin, Wayne Clarke, Charlie Farmer, Ian Varley, Yinka Salami, Callum Dunne, Tony Nwachukwu and Adam Hutchings are believed to have given their assurances they will stay after Colbran demanded to know one way or the other, though the manager admitted he wasn’t yet 100 per cent sure captain Callum Dunne would commit.

Colbran missed Horsham’s Brighton Charity Cup win over Worthing last week because he was on a pre-booked holiday, but was delighted with his side’s performance in his absence. “I’m especially pleased for the players who’ve been there most of the season and for the supporters, who have been fantastic ever since I came here.

“They are one of the main reasons I came to Horsham, it’s nice to manage a team who are well supported and to know what you are doing means something to people.”

Chairman Kevin Borrett was equally delighted with the performance, and with it coming against a side who competed at the sharp end of the Ryman South said it showed the signs were good for next season. He said: “Chris (White) put out a strong team while we were missing a few players...and I thought the team acquitted themselves very well.

“Simon will have a competitive budget next season and I’m absolutely convinced we will do well in Ryman South next year.”

Adding a note of caution Colbran added: “I am confident but I’m not getting carried away. First and foremost we have to stabilise, make sure we comfortably stay up so anything above mid-table I’d be happy with.”