AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey believes he has brought a real crowd-pleaser to The MEL Group Stadium with the addition of attacking midfielder David Cowley.
The former West Ham United and Southend United youngster is set to have Yellows fans on the edge of their seats with his trickery after signing from Harlow Town.
Cowley, a graduate from the Glenn Hoddle Academy who played for Recreativo Huelva in Spain, became Tracey’s eighth signing of the summer at the end of last week.
Tracey believes once the 2010/11 Harlow player-of-the-year finds his feet at the King’s Marsh outfit he will become a firm favourite on the terraces.
“He is a player who can open the door when games are tight and he has a bit of magic,” said Tracey, who missed Tuesday night’s 0-0 friendly draw at Walsham-le-Willows suffering with pneumonia. “He can make something open up out of nothing and he has always played well against us and is someone who can beat a player.
“He is more consistent than Dave Wareham and Dan Emmanuel (both released) and hopefully will give us more end product.
“He is an excellent set piece taker and that is somewhere we are very poor, hitting the target from the edge of the box.”
He added: “He will add that extra bit of quality.”
Cowley joined up with AFC along with 33-year-old former Thurrock and Canvey Island striker Lee Boylan in time to feature in the Yellows’ 7-0 win at Cornard United, their pre-season opener, last Thursday. Both new signings came on at half-time with Boylan, described as a ‘massive’ signing by Tracey, scoring twice.
And with striker Danny Charge and midfielder Tom Webb back at the club, Tracey believes his business is almost done.
“He (Danny) was not very happy I released him towards the end of last season and I spoke to him over the summer and he is another goalscorer and he has worked very hard in pre-season,” said Tracey. “He is going away for 10 days now, but I am delighted he is back.
“The squad is pretty much done now, there is a couple more lads I might take a look at, maybe a defender, but other than that we are sort of there.”
The Ryman League fixtures were released on Friday and see Sudbury open up with a home game with Cheshunt on August 18 before travelling to Maldon & Tiptree on the Tuesday.
Suffolk rivals Needham Market visit The MEL Group Stadium on Boxing Day, while the reverse fixture takes place on April 1.
AFC’s last home game is on April 20 against Cambridgeshire neighbours Soham Town Rangers, while their final game takes place at Redbridge a week later. League newboys Wroxham visit Sudbury on March 30.
Meanwhile, Sudbury’s arranged pre-season friendly with Colchester United has fallen through and the club have rearranged their away game at Stanway to Tuesday (7.45pm).
Tracey’s side, who are now without left-backs Ashley Sloots and Danny Swain after they were released, are in action at Halstead Town’s Rosemary Lane ground tomorrow night (7.45pm).