Five more Town players have been registered on Isthmian League forms for the 20-21 season:
Defender Josh made ten Town appearances towards the end of the truncated 19-20 season, having moved to the QEII Stadium from Billericay Town. Manager Andy Leese said “We’re delighted to have re-signed Josh. He came in and made a huge impact last year. He’s a winner, as he’s shown throughout his career, and it’s great to get him committed. He’s a good character around the place as well”.
23 year-old Percy has returned to Town – he has featured as a trialist in a number of per-season friendlies – and this will be his second spell at the club, having made 33 appearances (one goal) under Bradley Quinton. His positional versatility and commitment made him a popular figure with supporters during his time in a white shirt, and he subsequently represented Concord Rangers, St Albans City, Hendon and Hertford Town. Andy said “Bringing Percy back to the club was a no-brainer, to be honest. He is a talented player who also brings character to the group. He loves it here and has settled in really quickly. I am sure we can get the best out of him this season”.
Central defender Adam has had experience with clubs including Harrow Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Hendon, Farnborough, Chesham United and Northwood. He was most recently with Hanwell Town. Andy: “Adam has impressed us in pre-season. He’s an experienced defender who I know well. He’ll bring welcome leadership qualities to the squad, and it’s good to get someone like him on board”.
Malcolm Podier and Patrick Akwasi
Finally, Andy has confirmed that defender Malcolm Podier and midfielder Patrick Akwasi have signed for Town with a view to initially going out on loan. Malcolm appeared for Welwyn Garden City U23s recently. “Malcolm and Patrick have both caught the eye in pre-season, signed for us, and will go out on loan in order to get the game time they need” said Andy. “They want to be at the club but understand that they have work to do to be ready for first team consideration. Head of Football Operations Graham Dodd will be making a number of arrangements like these whilst we also look at our U18 group to see who might be able to step into the first team environment.
Andy concluded “the squad is nearly there in terms of who we want to sign, with possibly one or two other decisions yet to be made. We should have everyone back and available this week, and we’ll be settling down with more detailed work on the training ground as we look forward to competitive action against Lewes on 19th September”.