Hadleigh United assistant manager Alan Dilloway has backed trialists Fred Howe, Phil Kelly and Kevin Coyle to earn full deals at the club.
All three played a part as United entertained professional outfit Colchester United’s under-21s in their first pre-season encounter on Saturday, with the under-21s running out 2-0 winners.
Left-winger Kelly played the first 45 minutes in which Alex Cooke headed the visitors in front after seven minutes while former AFC Sudbury custodian Howe and right-midfielder Coyle featured in a much-changed line-up after the break in which Alex Cazer scored deep into added time with a powerful close-range strike.
Despite suffering defeat, Dilloway was left impressed with not only his side’s application, but his trialing trio.
“I think all three have a good chance of signing with us permanently if I’m honest,” he said.
“The manager is back from his honeymoon this week and we will be making a decision very soon.
“We are always looking to improve the squad and there’s a good chance they’ll be added to it.
“I was more than pleased with our performance.
“The commitment, attitude and application was everything I asked for.
“We tried to mix it because we are fortunate enough to have a large squad and to be fair I think everyone coped well.
“Having Colchester come down to us at the level we are at is fantastic and a great testament to have a professional club visit us.
“We created a lot of chances but the most important thing is the workout and the objective was to give everyone at least 45 minutes of action and I think we looked good.”
The encounter also saw the return to action of summer signings Josh Mayhew and Duane Wright to the club and Dilloway is confident a successful close season in the transfer market will leave the Tinkers Lane-based outfit in good stead to make a charge for Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division glory in the coming campaign.
“Things are coming together nicely with the squad and I believe we are looking stronger than last season,” he added. “Signing players like Josh Mayhew and Duane Wright will improve us greatly and will definitely prove important throughout the season.
“Every year the main aim is to win the league and this year will be no different.
“We feel we will be one of the challengers; we under achieved last year, but with the players we have signed will give us that something extra.”
Hadleigh: Moyes (Howe 46), Gaisford, Wardley, Jennings (Barwick 46), Goldfinch, Rose (Donelly 46), Chaplin (Coyle 46), Wright (Maher 46), Mayhew (McGlone 46), Canfer (Blades 46), Kelly (Downing 46).