Horsham boss Colbran happy with his lot

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

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Simon Colbran says if the new football season kicked off tomorrow he would be confident his squad would be competitive.

“I am totally happy with what I have at the moment so anything else would be a bonus,” the former Worthing manager said.

“I have got the majority of players that I wanted, but saying that there’s still two players I’m talking to about joining, although I am having to be a bit patient with them.

“They are both really experienced players, which is something I would like us to have more of, but with experienced players you are always going to get interest from other directions so on this occasion we have to wait a while.

“We are very lucky to have the experience of Andy Atkin and Ian Varley and these two are very similar to that so I will do everything I can to bring them here.”

Colbran is holding a trial match on Thursday June 28 at Broadbridge Heath and so far 26 prospective players are due to turn out.

With the core of the squad already in place the manager is in a very different position to former boss Justin Luchford at this stage last season, who had to use trial and pre season matches to formulate his squad which ultimately struggled to compete in the Ryman Premier.

“I’d be more than happy to go into the new season with what we have now but saying that you never know what these games throw up,” Colbran said.

“Sometimes a player comes along at a trial and ends up being your best player, but because I have most of my squad in place they will have to be exceptional for us to sign them.”

Colbran has signed five players so far, former Horsham and Horsham YMCA midfielder Matt Simpson joining new recruits Chamal Fenelon, Stuart Robinson, Billy Medlock and Kaiyne Woolery.

Simpson will replace Callum Dunne, Horsham’s player of the season last term, in the midfield and Colbran was delighted to capture a player he knows well.

He said: “I worked with Matt before and when he was at Worthing he was unfortunate to get a bad injury at a time when he was playing really well.

“He’s my type of player. Everyone who knows me knows I expect 100 per cent commitment from every one of my players on the pitch and Matt is someone who always gives that.”