Bradbury delighted to land attacking full-back

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury has added more goal threat to his squad with the addition of attacking full-back Josh Huggins from Farnborough.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an outstanding 2013-14 season.

He scored 10 goals for the Yellows in the Conference South and swept the board at the club’s end-of-season awards.

Huggins won the manager’s player, players’ player and supporters’ player of the year.

Farnborough boss Spencer Day was desperate to keep the player.

But the Hawks have managed to convince him to switch to Westleigh Park.

Boss Bradbury feels he has all the qualities required from a full-back in the modern game.

‘Whenever I have come up against Josh I have been impressed by his work ethic and desire,’ said Bradbury.

‘He is an honest, hard-working lad and one of those, if he makes a mistake, is determined to put it right.

‘I like full-backs who are capable of getting up the pitch and he scored 10 goals at Farnborough last season.

‘That is something we didn’t manage to do.

‘With Jake Newton leaving, it gives us another option and keeps the competition for places going.

‘Defensively, we were very sound last season – with 21 clean sheets – so it is only a case of tinkering rather than making wholesale changes.’

Huggins can also play in the centre of defence.

There is no doubt the Hawks’ major strength was their solid defence last season.

Some critics accused Bradbury of being too defence-orientated and his team too slow at getting the ball forward.

The manager, though, gives those criticisms short shrift.

‘There is a difference between a defensive side and a possession-based team that likes to pass the ball,’ said Bradbury.

‘We are the latter – and if there is space and room to pass the ball across the back then we will.

‘The idea is to create opportunities and I have the ball-playing players capable of doing that.

‘We are not a team that is just going to lump the ball forward at the earliest opportunity.

‘I am looking for us to do better in the attacking third of the pitch and take more of our chances.’

Bradbury has already added striker Bradley Bubb to his squad from Aldershot. He also wants another forward.

‘There are a lot of clubs out there looking for goalscorers and it isn’t easy,’ said Bradbury.

Meanwhile, Gosport Borough have completed the signing of Steve Ramsey.

The former Hawks midfielder, who spent a short period on loan at Privett Park last term has agreed a deal.

He has signed on a one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months, after turning down offers from several other clubs.

Borough boss Alex Pike said: ‘He did have other offers from other clubs and I wouldn’t move on my offer.

‘But I showed him the amount of work that is going on at our ground and outlined a few plans and he signed the form.

‘I’m delighted to get him on board and I’m sure he will be a very good signing.’