Gosport boss hot on Ramsey trail

Steve Ramsey. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132611-3010)

Steve Ramsey. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132611-3010)

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Alex Pike is closing in on his next transfer recruit after offering terms to Steve Ramsey.

The midfielder was released by Hawks at the end of the season, having spent a short loan period at Privett Park.

During that stint, Ramsey found it hard to find form and consistency as he was cup-tied for the club’s FA Trophy run.

But Pike saw enough to offer the 24-year-old a permanent deal, which he hopes to tie up later this week.

The Borough boss said: ‘Steve Ramsey is one of the players I have spoken to.

‘He came to us on loan and it was very stop-start for him.

‘To be fair, he came to us and was cup-tied so he couldn’t play in the FA Trophy games.

‘But he is widely-regarded as a quality player.

‘He was Havant’s top goalscorer two seasons ago and has played more than 200 games at this level.

‘He’s still only 24, so he is someone that fits the blueprint of what we are trying to do.

‘We want players who are young and hungry.

‘He has been released by Havant but you only have to look at Sam Pearce to see what a great season he had for us.

‘He wanted to prove a few people wrong and hopefully Steve is in the same mould.’

While Ramsey made four appearances for Borough and failed to score, he has an excellent goalscoring record in recent seasons, netting 14 in all competitions in 2011-12.

Pike said: ‘He’s something completely different to what I’ve got. He is a goalscoring midfielder.

‘If you take Jamie Brown out of what I’ve got, Ryan Scott and Danny Smith are not goalscoring midfielders.

‘They are very good at stopping the opposition from playing but they don’t score many goals.

‘Unfortunately, the statistics would say we struggled to score goals. On goals conceded, we were in the top seven of the league.

‘But on goals scored, we were in the bottom three. That tells a story.

‘We didn’t score enough goals last season and that’s why I’m looking to sign someone like Steve Ramsey because he would alleviate the pressure on the strikers.

‘We need to share the goals around a bit more.’

While it’s no secret that Ramsey is on Pike’s list, the Borough boss is keeping his cards close to his chest on his other targets.

He said: ‘I went out last week and spoke to a load of players and will speak to some of them again this week.

‘Hopefully, I would be looking to have one or two tied up towards the end of this week.’

Meanwhile, Borough have confirmed their pre-season schedule.

With the Privett Park pitch having new drainage installed, it will not be ready to use until August.

And Pike admitted he had to turn down hosting Football League opponents before the new season kicks off on August 9.

He said: ‘It’s a shame but we are spending a lot of money on the pitch and we have to wait until it’s ready.’

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES: July 5: Blackfield & Langley; July 8: Bashley; July 12: AFC Totton; July 15: Hamble; July 19: Poole Town; July 22: Sholing; July 26: Redditch; July 29: Hungerford; August 1: Guernsey

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