AFC Sudbury boss David Batch is hopeful of signing veteran former Barnet left-back Lee Flynn after allowing a trio of players to move on.
The Yellows’ manager looks set to make 40-year-old Flynn his ninth first-team acquisition after taking a gamble on fellow trialist Wesley Hause.
The former Nottingham Forest trainee striker, a targetman, was signed up after impressing in his first competitive game in two years against Hadleigh United, after he suffered a serious knee injury while with Wycombe Wanderers.
Defender Scott Mitchell (Leiston), striker Jamie Forshaw (Wroxham) and attacking winger Steve Spriggs (three-month loan to King’s Lynn) have all left the club, with fees received for the first two allowing Batch more room to manoeuvre within his budget.
But he has warned supporters to be patient with Hause, who includes Essex non-League sides Ilford and Waltham Forest among his previous clubs.
“He is as strong as anyone I have seen, he has got good pedigree and considering the Hadleigh game was his first game for two years, he absolutely dominated their centre-halves,” said Batch. “We have just got to manage him properly and not expect too much too soon.”
Hause missed Thursday’s 4-1 home friendly defeat to a strong Colchester United side, a performance which pleased Batch, and Saturday’s 2-1 home win over rivals Bury Town with illness, but is set to be involved against Norwich City Academy at the Wardale Williams Stadium tonight (7.30pm).
Veteran Flynn, who was at Grays Athletic last season and has also played for Dagenham and Redbridge and Stevenage Borough, is also set to be involved again, with Batch believing he still has plenty to offer.
“He is as fit as a fiddle and has done really well,” he said. “Ryan (Maxwell, strength and conditioning coach) assured me you will not find any 30-year-olds as fit as he is.
“I am hopeful we can sort something out fairly shortly.”
Batch revealed Mitchell was allowed to leave after Leiston met the club’s fee with Craig Pope and Lawrence Yiga providing new competition at centre-back.
He said Forshaw and Spriggs were allowed to leave after injuries hampered their progress at the club last season.
“Steve had obviously had a long-term injury last year and came back this pre-season and at this moment in time we had others ahead of him,” he said. “With (Jake) Reed coming in we have used two strikers to replace with one money-wise with Forshaw and (Ben) Thompson.”
Emerging midfielder James Crissell has also left, signing for rivals Needham Market after turning down AFC’s offer.
Following tonight’s game, AFC’s preparations continue with a trip to Northern Ireland to face Belfast-based NIFL Premiership outfit Glentoran on Saturday (3pm), before hosting lower-league Felixstowe and Walton United on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Batch feels the trip across the Irish Sea will help build on a team spirit that is already blossoming.
The release of the Ryman League fixtures have taken place with AFC kicking off with an away trip to relegated Cray Wanderers on August 9 (3pm) before hosting Batch’s old side, Wroxham, on the following Tuesday (7.45pm).
n For a full cut-out and keep AFC fixtures page, see next week’s Free Press.