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PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 June 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Bridge Avenue boss reveals more 'exciting' news to be revealed next week

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is delighted to have completed the signing of Calvin Poku from Ryman North rivals Barkingside and believes he will be a good addition.

The young striker enjoyed success with Side last season and his goals inspired a run of seven points in their last three games that eventually earned a reprieve from relegation.

Now Poku will be aiming to fire Urchins to glory at Bridge Avenue next season and boss McFarlane, who turned 50 yesterday (Thursday), said: “We signed him a few weeks ago and Calvin has been coming in for extra training already.

“He’s keen, hungry to improve and exactly what we’re looking for. In all competitions he got 20 goals last year which is very good for a side struggling in the league.

“We watched him play a few times last season. We saw him against Brentwood, who earned promotion to the Ryman Premier, towards the end of the campaign and he was excellent that night.

“Whatever league we were in we were going to approach him, so he looks like being a really good addition to the squad.”

McFarlane also revealed Hornchurch supporters can expect more news regarding the squad for the upcoming season on Tuesday.

He did confirm goalkeeper Sam Mott will be remaining at the club, but insisted they will not be looking to sign players who have specifically played in the Ryman North previously.

“A lot of the lads have been training with my son Ricky and Sam Mott is staying as well,” McFarlane added.

“We aren’t targetting players that have played in Ryman North, we’re just looking to get good players. If they are good enough it doesn’t matter what league they have been in.

“This year will be tough, but we are aiming to win a lot more than we did last year!

“Losing Frankie Curley was obviously going to be tough, but we should have some great additions announced next week which will get the fans excited.”

It was confirmed this week that Chris Bourne has followed Curley to Billericay Town and also that Redbridge would be staying in the Ryman North alongside Hornchurch, with Ware moving sideways to the Southern League.

Also, West Ham’s women will be playing their league fixtures at Bridge Avenue next year.

McFarlane added: “It is good for the club and a nice bit of PR. It’s something that was discussed last year and it is a promising move for the club.”

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