Griffin will handle the pressure, says Boro boss
Boro boss Graham Westley insists new signing Charlie Griffin will handle the pressure of following in Steve Morison s footsteps at The Lamex Stadium. Morison looks set to join Millwall in an �85,000 deal later this month and Westley moved quickly to secu
Boro boss Graham Westley insists new signing Charlie Griffin will handle the pressure of following in Steve Morison's footsteps at The Lamex Stadium.
Morison looks set to join Millwall in an �85,000 deal later this month and Westley moved quickly to secure the signature of Griffin on a free transfer from Salisbury as his replacement.
The 29-year-old was among the leading goalscorers in the Blue Square Premier last season and Westley believes Griffin's experience will see him settle quickly into his new surroundings.
"We have to work on the basis that Steve Morison will not be with us next year," Westley told The Comet. "The thing from our point of view is that we have replaced one 20-plus goalscorer with another one.
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"I also think it was important to sign someone with a bit of experience as a replacement.
"A younger man might feel the pressure of following on from Morison but Charlie has scored goals at Conference level and he will not be fazed."
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Westley also believes the signing of Griffin will give Boro a different option going forward.
"He will also act as a very good target man for us and will give us more of a physical presence.
"Moro is great at running into the channels but he will be the first to admit that being a target man is not the strongest part of his game."
Westley will also be looking for other members of his side to chip in with their fair share of goals just as they have done this season.
"The important thing to remember is that the goals were shared out very evenly throughout our side," he added. "Moro only actually scored four in his last 18 games for the club.
"The likes of (Andy) Drury, (Mitchell) Cole, (David) Bridges and (Lee) Boylan all chipped in.
"Although Moro scored more than 30 goals it was not as if we were relying on him solely to get our goals.