Hawks targeting proven quality and experience

Jim Fallon. Picture: Dave Haines
Jim Fallon. Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks vice-chairman Jim Fallon insists the Hawks are on the verge of bringing some quality players to Westleigh Park.

After watching the club maintain their Blue Square Bet South status in dramatic fashion in the final game of last season, Fallon declared he never wants to experience a repeat of that situation.

The Hawks survived by the skin of their teeth through Joe Dolan’s stoppage-time goal.

Since then, a new management team of Stuart Ritchie and Sean New, from AFC Totton, have been appointed.

And the pair have been given the task of getting the Hawks into a play-off position next season.

Fallon is intent on providing the funds to help the Hawks launch their bid for promotion, and is aiming to bolster the squad with players of proven experience.

The Hawks have been linked with Sholing striker Lee Wort but Fallon rubbished that notion.

Wort was second-highest goalscorer in the Southern League south & west division last season with 24 goals – but Fallon is setting his sights much higher.

‘There is no truth whatsoever in the rumour linking us with Lee Wort,’ said Fallon.

‘We are after the likes of quality, experienced players.

‘The players we are interested in are those with proven success at Conference South and Premier level.

‘The quality of players we are looking at are those who will cost us in the region of £475 to £700 a week.

‘We need a prolific striker and will go to £1,000 a week for the right player.

‘Other players needed include another goalkeeper, a central defender and an ‘action man’ in the midfield.

‘Basically, we are looking to strengthen the spine of the side.

‘At the moment we have got 14 to 15 fully-contracted players and will probably look to run with a 19-player squad.’

Experienced midfielder Sammy Igoe is yet to get back to the Hawks after being made an offer and Fallon is hoping he will remain at the club.

Full-back Jake Newton and utility player Paul Hinshelwood have accepted new one-year deals.