Marvin Morgan: Bradbury delighted to complete move for his ‘big summer signing’

New Hawks player Lee Molyneaux
New Hawks player Lee Molyneaux
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HAWKS boss Lee Bradbury has lauded new recruit Marvin Morgan as his key pre-season addition.

The striker completed his move to Westleigh Park yesterday, along with former Gosport Borough defender Lee Molyneaux.

Marvin Morgan. Picture: Barry Zee

Marvin Morgan. Picture: Barry Zee

Morgan was released by League Two side Plymouth at the end of last season.

The 32-year-old was on loan at Hartlepool from February and played against Pompey.

He also previously featured for Aldershot and Shrewsbury.

Bradbury is confident he will play a key role at Westleigh Park next season.

The Hawks boss said: ‘Marvin will be our biggest signing of the summer.

‘We’ve finally managed to nail down our man.

‘He is exactly what we are looking for – a big target man who can score goals and bring the other strikers into play.

‘Marvin has played a lot of games in the Football League. He should do well at our level.’

Meanwhile, Bradbury believes former Gosport Borough defender Lee Molyneaux also has the qualities to make an impact at the club.

The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal at Westleigh Park yesterday after his four-year Privett Park stay came to an end.

His switch came as a ‘surprise’ for Borough manager Alex Pike, with Molyneaux only making six starts in the Conference South for Gosport last season.

But Bradbury, who will be without the services of the departed Josh Huggins next term, believes the former Oxford United and Forest Green Rovers player’s rugged defending will be a big boost.

‘I have known Lee for a number of years and we played in the same team at Oxford,’ said Bradbury.

‘He looks after himself and does things the right way.

‘Apart from experience, he will give us a degree of toughness at the back.

‘He wants to win every game and that has got him into trouble with referees in the past.

‘We had our fair share of red cards last season but I don’t want my players not to make tackles because of that.

‘Gosport was the only club in Conference South with a better defensive record than us last season and Lee was part of that.

‘He will be another very positive influence in the dressing room.’

Pike, who re-signed Ryan Scott this week, is also a firm believer in Molyneaux’s qualities and said it was the player’s work commitments that saw him exit.

‘We weren’t offering Lee anything but I am surprised the Hawks have gone for him,’ said Pike.

‘He works in the development department at Nike and his job took him abroad a lot.

‘That was the main reason he only made six starts for us last season and nothing to do with his ability.’