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McFarlane strengthens Urchins squad

PUBLISHED: 13:15 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 22 July 2013

Tambeson Eyong of Hornchurch in action. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Tambeson Eyong of Hornchurch in action. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane has made five signings ahead of the new Ryman Premier season.

Hornchurch have announced the signing of former Braintree Town defender Phil Starkey and also revealed four more players from last season’s squad have signed up for the 2013/14 Ryman Premier season with the Urchins.

Starkey, who was virtually an ever present for Margate in the Ryman Premier last year, is an experienced right-back but can also play as a right midfielder.

He played 46 times for Margate last season and started his career with South London side Crystal Palace.

The 25-year-old, who has also represented Tonbridge Angels and Dover Athletic in the past, will look to help the Urchins achieve promotion straight back up to the Conference South after relegation last season.

Four players who were part of the relegated squad last year were Frankie Curley, Joey May, Tambeson Eyong and Billy Coyne.

The quartet have signed up for another term, with Curley and May both impressing towards the latter part of the season with a string of good performances together in central midfield.

Coyne featured at right back for the Urchins last year and it is believed that he and Starkey will be challenging each other to make that slot their own.

Eyong, who was a goalscorer in Hornchurch’s friendly win against Witham Town last week, joined his team mates in agreeing a new deal to further strengthen the Urchins ahead of the new season.

Jimmy McFarlane is assembling a good squad and more players are expected to agree terms with the Urchins over the new few weeks.

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