Hawks go all-out attack by signing Braham-Barrett

Hawks-Giuseppe Sole (L) and Farnborough's' Craig Braham-Barrett ''''These Pictures have Been Taken by Dave Haines and must carry a byline.
Hawks-Giuseppe Sole (L) and Farnborough's' Craig Braham-Barrett ''''These Pictures have Been Taken by Dave Haines and must carry a byline.
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Hawks boss Shaun Gale has moved to increase his attacking options for next season by signing 23-year-old Farnborough winger Craig Braham-Barrett.

Gale is also in negotiations with two strikers and is hopeful of finalising deals with both of them later this week.

One of the major factors in the Hawks’ failure to maintain a play-off challenge last season was a lack of fire power up front.

Strikers Manny Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki failed to live up to expectations, and fellow striker Giuseppe Sole has already moved on in his search for full-time football.

This means filling the gaps up front has been Gale’s top priority this summer.

In Braham-Barrett, he has acquired a pacy left-sided player – and that will allow him to give Wes Fogden a more flexible role.

‘I am really pleased to get Craig’s signature because there were two or three other clubs interested,’ said Gale.

‘AFC Wimbledon alerted me to him and would have taken him themselves if they hadn’t won promotion to the Football League in the play-offs.

‘They feel he needs a bit more experience before being ready for Football League involvement.

‘I have watched him five or six times and he will definitely give us something different.

‘The opportunity to pick him up came out of the blue.

‘The good thing is it wasn’t about the money with the kid.

‘He is a quick left-footed player but can also play on the right.

‘He could enable us to move Wes Fogden infield into a more central role, which is what he would prefer.’

Braham-Barrett spent five years as a youngster with Charlton Athletic, and in October 2008 Peterborough United paid Welling United £10,000 for his services.

However, he failed to make a single appearance for the Posh and eventually ended up at Farnborough last season.

Gale is also in the hunt for two strikers, while at the same time is talking to defender Perry Ryan who was recently released by Portsmouth.

If Ryan comes on the books he will join Chris Holland, whose move from Eastleigh was confirmed at the weekend.

‘Perry is a decent young lad and we might be able to do something,’ said Gale.

‘The priority, though, is the strikers and we will have to see how far the budget will stretch.’

The Hawks have added two more fixtures to their pre-season friendly programme, visiting Southern League premier outfit Bashley on Tuesday, July 26, and Southern League south & west side Gosport Borough four days later.