McFarlane pleased with Purcell and Knight capture
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2015
Urchins boss discusses keeping George Purcell and bringing David Knight to the club
Hornchurch announced last night that George Purcell and David Knight are set to form part of their strikeforce for the new Ryman North campaign and manager Jimmy McFarlane is thrilled to have the pair on board.
Purcell, who has signed for a third successive season at Bridge Avenue, had offers from Conference South teams but is choosing to remain with Urchins after netting 27 times last year.
Those goals were unable to prevent Hornchurch suffering relegation but McFarlane will have more firepower in attack following the confirmation that Knight has agreed terms with the club.
He scored 31 goals for Ryman Premier side Wingate & Finchley in all competitions last year and is targeting success during his time at Bridge Avenue.
Urchins boss admitted he has known for a while that Purcell would be staying and, as the Recorder reported last week, goalkeeper Sam Mott is also remaining with the club.
McFarlane said: “I have known for a long time that the majority of the players that I wanted to stay had already committed.
“I have always been a bit reluctant about going public and letting everyone know because somebody rings up and offers them double the money and you end up getting embarrassed but George has been back training for three weeks now and so has Sam.
“The David Knight situation has materialised in the last week or so and Wingate have been fantastic in all of this.
“It is not easy for them, it is like us losing George, but they have been really good. They weren’t happy first of all but in the end they acted with a lot of dignity and enabled us to pull it off.”
Hornchurch only managed to score 46 league goals in the Ryman Premier last year – the third worst record in the division.
But McFarlane believes the forwards already confirmed to be with the club will put that right next season and help the club earn promotion.
He added: “George and David would be a great pair in the Ryman Premier let alone the North and you have also got Calvin Poku to add to that.
“He got 20 goals last year and is only a young lad and a few boys from last year can play up top too. All in all it is looking well, so I’m very pleased.”
Interviews with Purcell, Knight and Mott will be on the Recorder website later this week.