Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson adds strength in depth with eight 'big' signings
PUBLISHED: 18:04 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:04 05 June 2018
Biggleswade Town new boss Lee Allinson has added strength in depth to the Waders dressing room with eight 'big' signings.
The new boss has brought in three defenders, four midfielders and a centre-forward, with a focus on adding experience as Allinson takes aim at promotion in his first season as Waders boss.
Speaking to CometSport, Allinson said: “I’m really happy with what we’ve got, I think we’ve got a good mix of experience and youthfulness.
“I watched a lot of the games at the end of last season and I knew we had to bring some players in. We wanted to get our business done early.
“I knew I needed some players that knew the level.
“We’re one or two signings short and I’m meeting with one or two players this week.”
Allinson’s first signing was Kieron Forbes from Farnborough. The 26-year-old was named England C player of the year in 2013, made more than 100 appearance for Forest Green Rovers, and won the National League South title with Maidenhead United two seasons ago.
Forbes isn’t the only new signing with international experience though, as 25-year-old former Northern Ireland youth player Matt Ball joins from Hendon. Allinson expects the former professional at Norwich and Stevenage to be ‘on his day the best player in the league.’
Standing at six feet and three inches, Tom Smith is an ‘extremely talented’ young centre-half, who joins from Hayes and Yeading United where he was captain.
Jonny McNamara and David Longe-King complete the Waders’ impressive midfield additions. The hard-working McNamara joins from Hitchin where played an integral part in the Canaries twice qualifying for the Southern League Premier play-offs in his four year spell.
On the towering Longe-King - who joins from Harrow Borough - Allinson said: “I have watched David a few times and really like him, he is a very aggressive, strong midfielder with a great work rate.”
Allinson also signed the ‘exceptional’ and versatile defender Jack Bradshaw from St Neots Town, while Allinson’s most recent signings were returning Waders right-back Mason Spence, who joins from Kempston Rovers, and centre-forward Connor Vincent from Hitchin Town.
Vincent joins Liam Brooks as a striking option. Allinson added: “Connor’s very powerful, very good aerially and someone like him is ideal for the system we’re looking to play.
“He can hold the ball up and win headers. He’s strong, quick and direct. I’ve worked with Connor before and he’s exciting, has a youthfulness about him and works extremely hard.
“I like the setup we have where we can play both Connor and Liam up front or Liam can play in a number 10 role.
“I’ve watched Liam and he’s a natural goalscorer. If we can get him fit he’ll score a lot of goals for us in the season. Another exciting player.”
Of last season’s squad, fan favourite Gavin Hoyte and club legend Craig Daniel have left, and after Allinson confirmed his number one would be Sam Donkin for next season, Liam Gooch is expected to leave.