Hawks duo sent out on loan

Marvin Morgan. Picture: Allan Hutchings (151159-229)
Marvin Morgan. Picture: Allan Hutchings (151159-229)
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

Bradbury: My Hawks won’t be bullied

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The Hawks have sent two of their major summer signings out on loan.

Striker Marvin Morgan has joined Wealdstone for the rest of the season after failing to impress at Westleigh Park.

And Adrian Clifton is heading to Staines Town for a month in a bid to get him fit.

Morgan arrived in the summer as the Hawks, who had Saturday’s clash with Chelmsford City postponed, aimed to become National League South title contenders.

He was given a two-year deal, making him one of the highest earners in the squad.

And he was expected to form a potent strike partnership with Matt Paterson, who arrived after a fine campaign alongside Justin Bennett at Gosport Borough.

Unfortunately their plan failed miserably.

Morgan, 33, has not scored in the league and has spent rarely made the squad in recent months.

The situation deteriorated when he started in the Hampshire Senior Cup tie at AFC Portchester and was substituted midway through the second half.

Hawks fans expressed their displeasure and it became clear Morgan’s future at the club was in doubt – making his signing an expensive mistake for the club.

It is believed the Hawks will still contribute up to half of his wages during his loan stay at Wealdstone, too.

With another year left on his contract, they may end up having to seek some kind of settlement.

However, Bradbury is not ruling out a return.

‘Whether Marvin still has a future with the Hawks is up to him,’ said the boss.

‘If he goes to Wealdstone, works hard and does things right then it is possible.

‘I can’t accept it when players are not pulling their weight and not playing to the best of their ability.

‘That has been the case with Marvin and now things are in his hands.’

Clifton is another player who has failed to have the impact the club expected following his arrival.

The midfielder scored 16 goals playing just behind the two strikers at Maidenhead United last season.

Injury has plagued him in the past couple of months and Bradbury is sending him out on loan to improve his fitness.

‘Adrian has been a tad unfortunate with injury at a time when we have needed him,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘He needs to go out for a month to play some games, lose a bit of weight and get fitter.

‘Then he will be able to compete again for a first-team place.’