New cubs will add even more hunger

A busy transfer deadline day at Broadhall Way saw two players join and the club captain depart. St Albans City striker Paul Hakim and Leyton Orient central midfielder Daryl McMahon are the new additions. The pair join other new recruits in Damian Batt, Mi

A busy transfer deadline day at Broadhall Way saw two players join and the club captain depart.

St Albans City striker Paul Hakim and Leyton Orient central midfielder Daryl McMahon are the new additions.

The pair join other new recruits in Damian Batt, Mitchell Cole and Mark Hughes at the club.

Boro's longest serving player Jason Goodliffe has been given a free transfer.


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Boss Mark Stimson said: "I'm very happy with what we've got now after these signings.

"I think we've got five players with quality. They are all young, hungry and good athletes.

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"They've all got a point to prove and I'm sure they will go on to bigger and better things with us."

McMahon is a player Stimson has been tracking in recent weeks from League One Orient.

The manager said: "I've been working on this one all week.

"Daryl is a left-footed central midfielder and he will give us balance in the midfield.

"That's something we have not had since Brad Johnson left.

"He likes to get on the ball and pass it and that's my type of player.

"Paul is a striker who of course scored against us for St Albans last week.

"He is really looking forward to going full-time and he of course played with Steve (Morison) at Bishop's Stortford last season."

Former England National Game XI international Goodliffe looks set to join Rushden and Diamonds and former boss Graham Westley after being granted a free transfer.

The 32-year-old central defender has been out on loan at York City for the majority of the season.

Stimson added: "Jason has been a great servant to the club and that's why he was allowed to leave on a free. He wants to play football for someone full-time and we can't promise him that."

Boro face a tough trip to Morecambe in the third round of the FA Trophy this Saturday. Batt and Hakim are cup-tied having already played for St Albans in the competition.

Goalkeeper Alan Julian added: "It's a tough draw, there's no doubt about it, but I'm looking forward to it with real confidence.

"A final at Wembley is a big incentive for everyone. A lot of top international players have never played there in a cup final in their careers."

Boro's second string were at home to holders Bishop's Stortford in the Herts Senior Cup last night (Wednesday).

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