Seagulls News Update
There has been a fair bit of activity at Weston-Super-Mare already this summer. Here’s a catchup for you.
The Seagulls’ have swooped and claimed their third new recruit this Pre-Season after completing the signings of Ashley Kington and Chas Hemmings earlier in the week. Ross Stearn, who once signed a professional contract at Bristol City, returns to The Woodspring Stadium after a short spell during the 2010 campaign. Jon Haile described Stearn as, “An exciting midfielder that likes to run at the opposition.”
Despite the influx of players, Haile confirmed that he and Manager, Craig Laird were still on the look out for more signings. He said, “We have spoken to around ten players now and obviously we are not going to sign all ten, but you have to target 2-3 players in the same position where you are looking to strengthen to ensure you get one of them. It has been hard work because some player targets that are currently playing Southern League football are getting paid more than what we can offer but some of the targets are more interested in playing the standard and believe in what we are trying to achieve so the fans can look forward to hearing about even more signings soon.”
With players coming in, there is always the possibility that players will go the other way, and two of the squad in particular have been attracting interest.
Enquiries have come in for Kane Ingram from an unnamed Blue Square South side whilst Sahr Kabba, who fired home 15 Blue Square South goals last season, has been attracting attention from a host of clubs from the Conference Premier and Football League. Haile confirmed that with Kabba looking to finish his studying in London that a move from the Woodspring Stadium is looking likely. “With Sahr having to move back to London to complete his studies we will reluctantly have to sell him to another club. However, we wish him every success because his education and career comes first and he is the nicest lad you could ever meet. His pace is devastating and the 15 league goals he scored last season came in around only 20 starts due to an early season injury. I just hope one of the football league clubs take a chance on him because his pace will be effective at any level in the Football League.” Both Ingram and Kabba are under contract and both will start the season with the Seagulls unless a confirmed bid is accepted for either of them.
Manager Craig Laird has given his thoughts on the deals so far.
Laird said, “We’re very pleased to have all three, and we’ve wanted to sign them all for a while. We’ve been tracking them all since they were released from their professional clubs for the past two years, and we’ve tried signing Ross (Stearn) before, and now we’re hopeful that they take their chance of playing at a higher level and prove their worth. All three will add strength and depth to the squad. Chas Hemmings is a strong lad that can play in a number of positions, whilst Ashley Kington and Ross Stearn will strengthen our midfield areas.
“We’re hopeful of adding another 2 or 3 more, and we’re looking into signing a defender, midfielder and striker. Like I say, we have been tracking a large number of young players for the past two years and we like to think we have good knowledge of all the players out there available to us.
On the reported interest in two of his players, Laird explained that interest in Ingram has cooled, but Kabba looks set for a move to the Conference Premier. He said, “We don’t want to lose either player. Kane is a good lad, and we had an inquiry but nothing more, he’s a great player to have around and we hope he stays. Obviously, we certainly don’t want to lose Sahr, but he’s got a great opportunity and we don’t want to stand in his way of enhancing his career.”
A huge thank you to Richard Clark, Press Officer at Weston, for these interviews and reports.