Hawks boss admits U-turn in bid to improve

Lee Bradbury. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Lee Bradbury. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Hawks boss Lee Bradbury admits he made a quick U-turn after placing Christian Nanetti and Sahr Kabba on the transfer list.

Club secretary and director Trevor Brock sent an email to the Football Conference on May 13 asking them to circulate details of the two players to other clubs stating they were available for transfer.

The communication quickly caught the eye of Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike, who told The News of his interest in Nanetti last week.

However, Bradbury soon changed his mind – leading to confusion among Hawks fans as to whether the players had even been available in the first place.

The email, however, read: ‘It would be appreciated if the details below could be circulated to all clubs in Skrill National and South, Ryman and Southern Leagues.

‘Due to squad restructuring we have the following contracted players available for permanent transfer.

‘Sahr Kabba, 25. Skilful and pacy striker signed from Weston-Super-Mare two years ago. Has made over 100 appearances for the club. 13 goals scored this season. Based in South London.

‘Christian Nanetti, 22. Skilful wide right midfielder/striker who has scored nine goals in 43 appearances this season. Now in third season at club. Locally based.’

The club stated they would require a fee for both players.

Bradbury, however, has today reiterated his players are no longer available.

He said: ‘I have changed my mind.

‘We have looked at where we were deficient last season and as a club we are always looking to improve.

‘That means letting a few players go and bringing some new faces in.

‘We were not that far away and the players who were here last year did a very good job for us. It just needs a little tinkering with.

‘With 21 league clean sheets, defensively we were very sound.

‘Our biggest failing was our inability to score goals and that is something I am still looking at.

‘It was an area where we could have done better.’

Bradbury has brought in former Aldershot Town striker Bradley Bubb in a bid to solve the problem but is also looking to recruit another striker.

He was hoping to complete a deal earlier this week but it fell through.

The manager is also hoping to keep hold of target man Denis Oli.

‘We could have done better with scoring goals last season and we have to take responsibility for that as a team,’ said Bradbury.

‘I am trying to bring in competition right across the board.

‘At times we need to be bigger and stronger but at the same time maintaining the belief in the way we want to play our passing game.’

Bradbury suggests he is also looking for a stronger more physical presence into his midfield.

However, his budget remains the same for next season.