Hawks dismiss Borough interest in wing-wizard

Hawks winger Christian Nanetti   Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks winger Christian Nanetti Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury insists wing-wizard Christian Nanetti is going nowhere – despite interest from local rivals Gosport Borough.

The Hawks manager views the Italian-born forward as an integral part of his plans for next season.

Nanetti showed flashes of brilliance at times last season but failed to do it consistently.

There is no doubting his ability to take on and beat defenders but on far too many occasions there was no end product.

Bradbury is convinced there is more to come from his potential match-winner, though.

‘Christian has another year with us and we will be trying to get more out of him,’ said Bradbury.

‘He showed at times, like in the Hampshire Senior Cup final, he can be the best player on the pitch.

‘The lad possesses fantastic feet, great balance and the ability to scare defenders.

‘What he needs is a good pre-season and to start well next season.

‘All the Gosport interest was hype and pie in the sky. Gosport couldn’t afford him and even if I released Christian I doubt very much if he would want to sign for them.

‘Christian still has the potential to go on and play in the Football League.

‘He stands far more chance of achieving that playing for the Hawks rather than at Gosport.’

One player who has left the club, however, is long-serving full-back Jake Newton.

Newton has decided that he can no longer commit to the demands of playing Conference South football with the Hawks.

The 30-year old made 198 appearances for the Hawks in his five-year stint with the club.

During that time he also gained international honours with Guyana, including a memorable appearance in the Azteca Stadium against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier.

Newton has been a mainstay of the Hawks side in recent years and one of the first names on the team sheet.

‘Jake just wants to turn up and play his football without all the training and travelling commitments,’ said Bradbury.

‘He has been a joy to work with, always giving his all and will be missed by everyone at the club.

‘Every club needs a player like Jake who goes out and performs consistently week after week.

‘He never let anybody down including himself and can walk away from the club with his head held high.

‘In recent months he hasn’t found it easy with work and family commitments and decided it was time to take a step back.’

Newton, a popular figure at the club, won the Players Player of the Year award in 2011.

In typical Newton fashion, one of the first things he did on leaving was to email the club thanking everyone for their help and support.

He will be missed.