Top target Mayhew returns to Hadleigh United squad

BACK IN TOWN: Josh Mayhew, pictured during his previously spell at the Millfield, has returned to Hadleigh United
BACK IN TOWN: Josh Mayhew, pictured during his previously spell at the Millfield, has returned to Hadleigh United

Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford has revealed his squad is almost complete after another old face was welcomed back.

Josh Mayhew has become the second former Brettsider to return to the club, following on the heels of ex-Hadleigh captain Duane Wright.

And with Crawford looking to hit the ground running by not making too many summer changes, he has revealed another signing could complete his jigsaw ahead of pre-season starting on June 20.

He said: “We will not be doing much more as we just wanted to add a couple.

“Duane and Josh have both been with us before and we are bringing in people who know the club, Dilly (assistant Alan Dilloway) and myself.”

With their highest league goalscorer coming from midfielder in Ollie Canfer with 17 last season, the eighth-placed Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side hope Mayhew can pick up where he left off after plundering 20 goals in 36 appearances in 2010/11.

“We are delighted to have him back,” said Crawford of the 22-year-old, who scored 19 times in the league for fellow Premier Division side 
Brantham Athletic last term.

“We obviously suffered a bit last year with Bladesy (James Blades) injured and Lee (McGlone) unavailable for a few games.

“Josh played every single game for Brantham and we wanted somebody who was available to get 20-plus goals.

“We had targeted him in January and he was always our top target.”

With Marcus Josiah having left and signed for Diss Town along with defender Darcy De’Ath, Hadleigh are already set to take an as-yet-unnamed winger on trial for pre-season.

Player-of-the-year Ollie Brown has also decided to move on, joining Needham Market in the Ryman League, with the defender going with Crawford’s blessing to test himself at a higher level.

The Hadleigh boss sees Chris McLaughlin, who won a player-of-the-year award playing right-back the season before last before moving into midfield, as replacement.

He added De’Ath had moved on after he couldn’t guarantee him first-team football in his favoured central defensive position with Mark Goldfinch and Paul Donnelly the number one pairing.

Left-back Shane Wardley, 33, has taken on a player-coach role while former Brettsider Brett Gurling has also joined Crawford’s backroom team.

With goalkeeper Dan Heath having gone to Wrxoham, 15 players of his existing squad have now signed contracts for next season: Michael Barwick, Blades, Canfer, Scott Chaplin, Donnelly, Matt Downing, Goldfinch, Liam Jennings, Mark Maher, McLaughlin, Darren Moyes, Kris Rose and Wardley. Central midfielder Neil Calver is yet to confirm if he will be with the club for 2013/14.

n Hadleigh will host AFC Sudbury on Tuesday, July 30 (7.45pm) in the Hadleigh Charity Cup while the club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on June 16 at 11am.