Hornchurch’s new goalkeeper Chafer is pleased to be back and wants to now push on

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 08 August 2018

Callum Chafer of Hornchurch in action in pre-season (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Callum Chafer of Hornchurch in action in pre-season (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch goalkeeper Callum Chafer is delighted to be back at the club and believes they can push on after returning to the Bostik Premier Division, writes Jacob Ranson.

The talented youngster rejoined from Bostik North outfit Bowers & Pitsea this summer after long-serving first choice Sam Mott left.

The 21-year-old Chafer left Bridge Avenue originally in 2016 to join rivals Romford on loan where he impressed and won the Supporters’ Player of the Year award.

He also enjoyed plenty of success at Bowers under Rob Small last season and helped guide them to a third-place finish.

“I’m very pleased to be back. Now the running has died down a bit it’s become a bit easier!” Chafer said.

“The boys are not too dissimilar to when I was here before, they’ve kept most of them, and the rest of them have been perfectly fine. I’ve gelled well with everyone, so it’s good.”

Chafer revealed he is keen to push himself at the next level and a move to the Bostik Premier was very attractive to him.

“Aside from it being a club I’d already been at, the obvious attraction was playing up a league and testing myself,” he added.

“I want to play as high up as possible and when Hornchurch came in it was an easy decision for me to make. As much as I loved playing at Bowers and under Rob Small, there was no other club that would have attracted me more than Hornchurch.”

The keeper also admitted he has not set any targets for the season and wants to take it game by game.

“I just want us to get as many clean sheets as we can, which will filter obviously to three points as much as we can,” he said.

“Individually, I just want to take it week by week and see where we end up.”

Chafer also praised the new recruits and believes striker Sean Marks shows the club’s intentions.

“It’s really good, we’ve had a couple of big additions, and obviously Sean Marks coming in is a massive one,” he said.

“I think it’s a bit of a statement, we’re not coming into the league to stay in the league, we’re coming in the league to push on and see if we can go higher up and be an outsider for a promotion chase.”

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