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Canfer eyes goal target to inspire bid for promotion


Ollie Canfer has set himself the target of scoring the goals to help AFC Sudbury challenge for promotion into the Ryman Premier next season.

The 26-year-old midfielder was announced as Sudbury’s first close-season signing, after completing a move from Ryman League Division One North rivals Brightlingsea Regent at the end of May.

And ahead of his first campaign at The Wardale Williams Stadium, the former Hadleigh United playmaker is hoping to be a worthy addition to Jamie Godbold’s squad.

“Hopefully I can bring goals to the team,” he said. “I can be a presence anywhere in the midfield, either wide or down the middle.

“There’s a lot of competition in there so it’s going to be a good challenge for myself.”

Canfer got his first taste of Ryman League football while at Brightlingsea last season, scoring 10 goals in 31 appearances as the R’s narrowly missed out on a play-off spot.

Following an impressive campaign at North Road, Canfer decided to look for a move closer to his Suffolk home in Stowmarket and a decision between Bury Town and Sudbury soon arose.

“I was talking to Bury originally as I wanted to move to a club a bit closer to where I live,” he said. “Sudbury said they were interested, and I then spoke with their manager Jamie on the phone.

“It’s a massive club which seems like they’re heading in the right direction.

“The target for me is to score goals and help them finish as high as possible.

“I’m hoping we can challenge for the title and for promotion, and for me I just want to keep pushing on and go up a level, which will hopefully be with Sudbury.”

The Yellows ramp up their pre-season preparations with three friendlies in five days, starting with a trip to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Thetford Town tonight (7.45pm).

Sudbury visit Ryman Premier Division’s Grays Athletic on Saturday (2pm), before making the short journey to Long Melford on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, AFC boss Godbold is on the verge of completing two new signings, who he describes as ‘being the difference between finishing in the top three compared to the top seven’ next season.

n The installation of Sudbury’s new 3G pitch continues to progress after tarmac was laid down on the surface earlier this week.

n The week 11 winners of the AFC Sudbury AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 (166) A Simpson, Lombardy Road, Sudbury; £10 (264) I Haynes, Gaol Lane, Sudbury; £10 (183) E Nicols, The Street, Assington.

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