Hornchurch boss adds ‘experience’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 June 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane  (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane reflects on latest signings

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane welcomed a bit of extra experience to his squad with the signing of goalkeeper Sam Mott this week.

The 25-year old finished last season at Thamesmead, but has also had spells at Welling and Ebbsfleet United.

Mott’s time at Welling was especially impressive as he received an international call-up to England C and McFarlane feels that experience will be valuable.

“We’ve brought Sam Mott in because he can bring us more experience,” said McFarlane.

“Whilst playing for Welling he was given an international call-up and represented England C which can only be a good thing for us.”

The full-time locksmith replaces former fans’ favourite Inigo Echepare, who left the club following an impressive debut season in the Ryman Premier Division.

The Spaniard played in 58 of Hornchurch’s 59 fixtures as they missed out on promotion in the play-off final, but decided against returning to Bridge Avenue.

McFarlane added: “We invited him (Inigo) back to the club to fight for a place in the squad, but he decided not to come back.”

Urchins also announced the signing of centre-back Omar Beckles from Margate.

Beckles started life at Championship outfit Millwall where he was a part of the Lion’s academy before moving to Spain.

And the Urchins manager admitted he has had his eye on the former Glenn Hoddle Academy player for some time.

“He first came to my attention when he signed for Billericay Town,” added McFarlane.

“The opportunity then came along when I found out they wasn’t keeping him at Margate.

“They decided they wanted someone more experienced, so I contacted him and the rest his history.”

As well as the two new faces at Hornchurch, the club also secured the returns of Chris Bourne, Joey May and Alex Bentley.

Bentley has resigned for the club after battling back from a serious injury and is still regarded by many as one of the best left-backs in the division.

McFarlane revealed he is close to completing his squad and was hoping to secure the future of one more player in a meeting last night (Thursday) as he prepares for the 2014/15 season.

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