Charman’s business is done as Horsham squad takes shape

JPCT 201113 S13470699x Gary Charman, Horsham FC, manager -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120131120134859
JPCT 201113 S13470699x Gary Charman, Horsham FC, manager -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120131120134859

Horsham boss Gary Charman believes his summer business is all but done after stating he is ‘very pleased’ with the squad he has assembled.

The player-manager is satisfied with his summer signings and won’t be actively searching to add anyone else to his side ahead of the new season.

Goalkeeper Gareth Williams was set to re-sign this week from Tooting & Mitcham, as was former defender Glen Woodburn, who has been training with Redhill.

They will join latest additions, former youth teamer Jamie Ampleford, Bakari Sinclair-Smith, Tom Bingham, Lewis Blaney, Tom Frankland and Woking youngster Warren Gibson, who have all put pen to paper.

Charman said: “I don’t know what happened with Kieran Thorpe, he told me he was coming here and next he’d gone to Three Bridges.

“Gareth is a top-notch goalkeeper, though, and played against us last year for Tooting and probably cost us six points as he was magnificent.

“He has been here before and the fans all know him well.

“Tom Bingham is an ex-Maidstone player, who has been at Crawley Down, and it looks like Glen Woodburn will be rejoining as he wants to come back and I am more than happy with that.

“Warren is a young boy with talent and can play at either full-back position, unfortunately for him, he is away for two weeks now, which is a shame, but I am sure if he is fit he will be there or thereabouts in my first squad.

“I think I am nearly there, unless someone of real quality or someone we have been chasing comes to me. If that happens of course I would snap them up, but I am not going out to talk to anyone else.

“I have got 22 players that I am very pleased with and I can only pick 11 and have 16 in a squad.”

Horsham opened their pre-season friendly campaign with a feisty 1-0 defeat against Newhaven on Saturday, but the Horsham boss was pleased with his side’s workout.

He added: “There were plenty of positives to take and the only negative was that we didn’t win, but anyone that was there will not be able to believe it that we didn’t.

“We started poorly, but once we got into the game we created chance after chance. Overall I was pleased to get out of there with no injuries as they were a lot more physical than I though they would be.”

The Hornets continue their pre-season friendlies with a trip to Erith Town tonight.