Hadleigh United still after more additions after signing of quartet

Marley Spindler

Marley Spindler - Credit: Archant

Hadleigh United manager Ian Brown has declared himself pleased with his summer transfer dealings so far, but admits he may be in the market for one or two more additions.

Brown is starting his first full season with the 2014 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions, having been appointed at the Millfield in January, following predecessor Stuart Crawford’s surprise decision to leave the club.

The former Whitton boss enjoyed a good start to his reign, being undefeated in his first 10 matches, before the Brettsiders ended the campaign with a whimper, losing their last six games.

Despite a difficult end, Brown has retained the majority of last season’s squad, whilst bringing in Ipswich Wanderers defender Ross Beech, midfielder Anton Clarke from Whitton United, Stowmarket Town skipper Ben Garnham and Wivenhoe Town player Marley Spindler.

However, Brown said there was still scope for more.

“We are trying to recruit and we are trying to add to the squad,” revealed the former Bristol City and Northampton Town winger.

“The majority of last season’s squad have re-signed while the new players will come in and add value, which is good.”

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On his new quartet of signings, Brown added: “They will add leadership and all of them are comfortable on the ball.

“They are good players in terms of mixing with the other squad members and hopefully we can add one or two more, we will see what happens.”

United hosted Needham Market in a friendly game last night and still have a trip to Maldon & Tiptree (next Tuesday) as well as home games against League Two Leyton Orient and Ryman North side AFC Sudbury to look forward to before their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division campaign begins at home to Walsham-le-Willows on August 8, followed by another home game, against Felixstowe & Walton United three days later.

“It’s looking really promising and we are bringing players in that want to play for Hadleigh,” said Brown, who will work with Alan Dilloway and Steve Downing on the sidelines.

“They have got to want to come and play for the team because we have not got the biggest budget, so they have got to be here for the right reasons.”

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