Search

Plans falling into place for Hornchurch after Tuohy deal

15:10 30 May 2014

Martin Tuohy has extended his stay with AFC Hornchurch for another season. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Martin Tuohy has extended his stay with AFC Hornchurch for another season. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane feels things are beginning to fall into place nicely as he makes plans for next season’s assault on the Ryman Premier Division.

A number of last season’s squad have verbally agreed deals with the Urchins, but the first to put pen to paper is striker Martin Tuohy.

Tuohy endured an injury-hit 2013/14 campaign at Bridge Avenue as Urchins side missed out in the play-off final to Lowestoft.

But with hope of a full pre-season under his belt, McFarlane feels the former Ryman Golden Boot winner could be back to his best.

“I’m well pleased to get Martin signed up first,” said McFarlane.

“We have verbally agreed deals with a number of last season’s squad, but his signature is a good start.

“He was looking as sharp as I’ve seen him in last year pre-season, but if he gets back to his best we know we have someone capable of winning the Golden Boot like he has done before.”

And while there may well be no football for McFarlane to contemplate at present, he admits this time of the year is where he’s putting in the hours as he tries to assemble a title-winning squad.

“It’s busier now for me than when we are in the season,” he added. “I’m out talking to players most nights, the only thing you don’t have are the matches.”

Urchins have offered new deals to last season’s top goalscorers George Purcell and Stefan Payne, and while optimistic on Purcell, he was less so on the latter.

He added: “Goalscorers are always going to attract more attention.

“We’ve made offers for both but we are waiting to hear. I am optimistic with George, but Stefan was touted about last season, so we don’t quite know yet what’s happening there yet.”

The Urchins chief was due to have discussions with two potential new players last night (Thursday) and was hoping to get the duo, who both have experience of the Ryman League and higher, signed on.

And while he wants to bring in a few new faces, he doesn’t see any reason for the club to make wholesale changes.

“I don’t think we need loads of players,” he added. “It just needs freshening up a little bit. This team got us to the play-off finals last year, so it just needs the odd tweak in a few positions.”

n Hornchurch play away friendlies at Thamesmead Town (July 12), Brentwood Town (July 19), Bishop’s Stortford (July 24), Thurrock (July 26), 
Hemel Hempstead Town (July 31) and Folkestone Invicta (August 2), due to ongoing works at Bridge Avenue to install new floodlights.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

13 minutes ago
Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the opener at Dover Athletic (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers’ efforts should have been dealt with better by Whites according to manager

08:00
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

McFarlane frustrated by decision and draw

Yesterday, 18:00
London Raiders forward Slavomir Buda (left) and JJ Pitchley celebrate a goal (pic John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson shares his thoughts on their latest matches

Yesterday, 16:00
Upminster players huddle before their match at Coopers (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Upminster 2 East London 1

Yesterday, 13:00
Paul Benson of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the second goal at Dover Athletic (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers forward says result was of greater significance than grabbing first goal of second spell at club

Yesterday, 12:00
West Ham United under-12s were given a history lesson about the First World War ahead of the Premier League Truce Tournament in Belgium (pic whufc.com)

Under-12 squad prepare for Premier League Truce tournament

Yesterday, 11:30
The 2016/17 football season is approaching the winter months (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

Havering 7 Croydon 2

Yesterday, 10:00
Jim Stevenson of Dover Athletic and Andre Boucaud of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-1 National League win at Dover Athletic

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now