Hawks swoop to land trio
The Hawks have signed another three players on free transfers, defender Joe Oastler, midfielder Ian Morris and striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The acquisitions come a week after Havant wrapped up the signings of Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Therry Racon and Daniel Pappoe, meaning that there have now been 6 incomings at West Leigh Park, so far this summer. The feel good factor is certainly still present after last season’s league triumph, with a new owner and the upcoming new league season, adding to the buzz around the club around the club.
The fans will surely be pleased with the next three names who have pledged their future to Havant & W, with all three players having played at a higher level. Joe Oastler was the first player through the door, the 25 year old defender having left Aldershot following the end of his contract. He began his career at Portsmouth, going on to play for QPR, Salisbury and Torquay, being also able to operate as a central defender. The Englishman is certainly not a remarkable player, solid more than anything, but should provide good competition in the full back position.
Next up is Ian Morris, the 28 year old Irish midfielder, who departed Northampton Town at the end of the season. Another versatile performer, Morris can play all across the midfield if required, however he is most comfortable in a central area or on the left. Having played professionally for all his career, with clubs such as Blackpool, it may come as a surprise for him to have dropped down to the Vanarama Conference Premier. He is a very accomplished player, adding to a strong midfield that The Hawks currently have at their disposal.
Finally, a player who is widely recongnised across football fans due to the football video game FIFA
, Adebayo Akinfenwa has gone ahead with joining Havant & Waterlooville. ‘Bayo’ is officially rated as the strongest player in the world, on the game, and for that matter many people are familiar with the 33 year old striker. He does have a good record in the lower leagues, to be fair to him, and after being told he was too big to play football professionally, this is something he is rightly proud of. He found his most success at Northampton, becoming something of an icon there, and recently left AFC Wimbledon after a lack of game time.
Manager Lee Bradbury was ‘over the moon’ with his latest set of additions, and hopes these players will play their part in taking the club to the next level.
He said, ”I’m over the moon that these lads have decided to come and play their football at West Leigh Park, and I hope they will contribute significantly, in taking us to the next level. Joe is a very reliable player, I know what I am going to get with him, and he will give us a lot of security at the back. Ian is another reliable player in midfield, very consistent, but has really good ability to having played in the Football League for his entire career. We were really strong in attack last year, and Bayo is a signing who adds even more to that department, which is great.”
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