New signings will have to wait

JUSTIN Luchford has made his first official signings since taking over the reins at Horsham.

But Hornets fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the new players this weekend are likely to be disappointed as Luchford will use his first pre-season game to test mostly trialists.

The manager is continuing to keep things close to his chest ahead of Saturday’s friendly at Combined Counties Premier side Raynes Park Vale but expects to make some positive announcements next week.

He said: “We did make a few signings last night (Tuesday night training) but we are going to announce those next Wednesday at Farnborough (second friendly).

“I’m hoping to tie up a few more pretty quickly so we are a bit further down the line by then.

“I’m not going to be shouting from the roof tops about big name signings but I think we’ll have some good players who can do a job for us.”

“Saturday will probably be used more as a trial game. I’m going to leave six or seven players out because I already know what they can do and they will be earmarked to play against Farnborough.

“It will be more an opportunity for some of the trialists to have one final go. There’s a few right on the cusp so we need to see how they do in a game and the others are players we’ve seen something in.”

Around 28 players were at training on Tuesday night and the management team want to trim that to around 20 by the beginning of next week.

One player who looks to have moved on is defender Jahmahl King. Having announced his intentions to stay and challenge for the captaincy he has not attended training nor been in contact with Luchford, although the boss says the “door remains open”.

Mark Zawadski is currently trialing at Lewes but Luchford is still hopeful he may return if he doesn’t get the number one jersey at the Dripping Pan. Striker Lee Farrell meanwhile has suffered another injury setback, damaging his hamstring at the GB Deaf European Championships.

Luchford hopes to include the striker in his plans when he returns to fitness.