Cousins set to sign for AFC

DEFENDER Ian Cousins, who has made two appearances in AFC Sudbury’s pre-season matches, is in talks with the club. And manager Chris Tracey is hoping to sign another striker by the weekend.

Tracey said Cousins had played at a high level, and was a strong presence in the dressing room. He hopes to reach an agreement with the former Chelsmford, Billericay, Heybridge and Maldon defender before the start of the Ryman League season.

“We are always on the lookout for better quality players,” said Tracey, who has had to leave training and team affairs to assistant Barry Lakin as he has been ruled out of action with a severe chest infection for the last few weeks.

AFC’s pre-season preparation has been going well, the team coming back from 2-0 down to beat Ely City 4-2 on Saturday. Seven players were unavailable for various reasons, leaving AFC yet to field the same starting line-up in their friendlies.

They played an Ipswich Town XI last night, and on Saturday travel to Cambridge City for a stern test against a team one level higher.

Tracey said the squad is super fit as the club builds for the opening day of the season on August 18, and there is plenty of competition for places.