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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb favours familiar faces
DAVE Webb has raided former club Highworth for five players and now says he is waiting on the decisions of last season’s Supermarine players.
Marine boss Webb has brought in Josh Parsons, wingers Dan Hilder and Matty Horsell, centre-back Craig Curtis and left-back Jon Steedman, while another former Elms player, TJ Bohane, has arrived from Shortwood for his second spell at South Marston.
Only four players that played for Marine last term have so far signed for the new campaign, who are Rob Dean, Tom Cole, Jamie Prictor and Jon Beeden, and while every player has been spoken to, the respective futures of the likes of skipper Dave Bampton, midfielder Ben Wells, stalwart defender Kyle Lapham and striker Ash Edenborough remain open.
Webb said: “If people want to stay then my job becomes a lot easier, and if they all come back then we have got the makings of a very competitive side.
“I’m not saying we can match the money paid by other clubs but Supermarine have got a lot to offer. I’m doing everything in my power to make sure these guys return.
“I’ve spoken to other players at Southern League level but you don’t want to give false promises, and I don’t want to go out and get more players when we’ve got the makings of a decent side here.
“I see myself as being in a privileged position and if I can’t get a competitive team together then I’m not the man for the job.
“I’ve got to be confident I can get good players for the football club over time.”
Webb had offered a coaching role to 2011/12 joint player-manager Gary Horgan but with the experienced midfielder departed for Hungerford in a playing capacity, he has elected instead to bring in ex-Cirencester Dev boss Andy Minturn to help out assistant manager Lee Spalding.
Marine start their pre-season training on Tuesday and then commence with nine friendlies against the likes of Kettering, Swindon Town and Daventry.
Webb added: “It’s probably more friendlies than I’d have wanted under normal circumstances, but we have lots of different players to have a look at.
“These friendlies will give us the opportunity to do that.”
One player who will not have the rule run over him in those games is Sam Collier, with the Swindon-based former Abingdon striker electing to join Cirencester after turning down Marine.
Meanwhile, Chippenham have signed Lee Phillips, Scott Rogers, Josh Egan, Luke Ballinger and the returning Shaun Lamb.
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