Stevenage boss Darren Sarll on the latest transfer news – as he also hails captain fantastic Ronnie Henry

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 22 January 2018

Ben Wilmot slides in to make a tackle on Luke Joyce as Ronnie Henry keeps out of the way in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Ben Wilmot slides in to make a tackle on Luke Joyce as Ronnie Henry keeps out of the way in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

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Read CometSport for Darren Sarll on the latest Stevenage transfer news – as he also hails captain, leader, legend Ronnie Henry

Ronnie Henry puts in a cross during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Ronnie Henry puts in a cross during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Speaking after Stevenage’s 0-0 draw with Carlisle United, Sarll was bullish about the club’s ambitions in the January window,

Tom King kicks clear during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Tom King kicks clear during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

So far, Sarll has signed goalkeeper Tom King on loan from Millwall until the end of the season. King this week made it into The Football League Paper’s team of the day, and Sarrl is looking to add more quality additions this week.

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Sarll said: “I’ve got a ridiculously busy week ahead.

Ronnie Henry toe pokes the ball away from Richie Bennett during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth Ronnie Henry toe pokes the ball away from Richie Bennett during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

“We’ve got to strengthen the squad, we haven’t got enough. I don’t want to better the bench.

Tom Pett bamboozles a defender during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Tom Pett bamboozles a defender during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

“I want to better the starting eleven, we’re all on the same page at the club. The good players are worth waiting for and I’m hoping there’ll be activity next week.

Matty Godden on the ball during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Matty Godden on the ball during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

“We’re waiting for the market to kick in, it’s a waiting game as the Stevenage manager, you’re never at the forefront of the financial power so you have to wait, and make clever decisions at late notice.”

Luke Joyce (left) tackles Mark McKee on the edge of the area during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Luke Joyce (left) tackles Mark McKee on the edge of the area during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Sarll added there are players he has his eye on, and revealed he is looking to make a ‘substantial’ addition to the squad, one that will make fans excited.

Mark McKee looks for a gap during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Mark McKee looks for a gap during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

The goalless draw against the Brunton Park outfit marked club captain Ronnie Henry’s first game at the Lamex since breaking the club’s appearance record against Morecambe last week.

Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

The loyal leader made his 471st appearance for Boro, walking out of the tunnel to a guard of honour while the crowd chanted his name.

Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Sarll, the sixth Stevenage manager Henry has played under, said; “I would like to offer my best wishes to our club captain after breaking the club appearance record. I am sure you will all join me in wishing a well-deserved, hearty congratulations.”

Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is presented with a special award by Stevenage FC chairman Phil Wallace before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is presented with a special award by Stevenage FC chairman Phil Wallace before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Henry broke previous record holder Mark Smith’s tally of 468 games. Centre-back Smith played in both the 1-1 draw and 2-1 replay loss at St James’ Park in the 1998 FA Cup against Newcastle. It is just less than 20-years to the day Smith was tasked with marking the legendary Alan Shearer.

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