Pike eyes play-off push after double raid

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
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ALEX PIKE believes the arrival of midfielder Perry Ryan and striker Jamie White can help Gosport Borough launch another National League South play-off bid.

The Privett Park boss insists the pair possess the potential to cause ‘double trouble’ for their opponents next season.

Borough just missed out on the play-offs last term – and Pike is strengthening his squad in a bid to go one better.

The manager wasted little time in snapping up tenacious midfielder Ryan after he left the Hawks by mutual consent earlier this week.

Meanwhile, White arrives from Sutton United in a bid to replace Matt Paterson, who has moved to Westleigh Park.

Pike expects both players to make an exciting contribution as Gosport look to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.

‘I am delighted to get both players and can’t wait to start working with them,’ said Pike.

‘Good things come to those who wait.

‘We have an excellent reputation for helping players restore their confidence and getting the best out of them.

‘Perry, for some reason, fell out of favour with the Hawks and Jamie, after an injury, lost his way at Bristol Rovers.

‘I have no doubt both players can get back to their best with us.

‘Perry is the sort of player I hated my teams playing against and the sort of player I want in my team.

‘He has a terrific work-rate, can play football, puts his foot in and can score terrific goals.

‘Two seasons ago Jamie was the golden boot winner in the league and helped get Salisbury promoted.

‘He will score goals for us, that I am sure.’

Pike now has a 22-man squad and he thinks that is enough to start the new season.

He has other targets but, at the same time, thinks having too many players on board only creates problems.

Borough have improved their league position year-on-year and the Borough boss is adamant he wants that to continue.

He said: ‘I am expecting us to make another big push.’

Ryan is delighted to be joining a club with ambitions of pushing those at the top.

After a difficult second half of last season when he couldn’t get into the Hawks’ side, he is gearing himself up for a big season.

The Pompey Academy product is excited by the prospect and can’t wait to get going.

‘I am very happy to be on board at Borough,’ said Ryan.

‘It is great to be somewhere where they have faith and belief in you.

‘The manager is good at getting the best out of players and I am sure he will do that with me.

‘I am looking forward to getting started again with a fresh opportunity.

‘There is a great togetherness and spirit at the club and it will be good to be part of that.’

Ryan joins other former Hawks players Nathan Ashmore, Sam Pearce, Brett Poate and Steve Ramsey at Privett Park.