STRIKER Lee Boylan is set to sign for AFC Sudbury tonight as manager Chris Tracey gets closer to finalising his squad for the coming Ryman League North season.
Much-travelled Boylan, who played at Thurrock in the Conference South last season, is a proven goalscorer. He scored the second goal in Stevenage Borough’s 2-0 win over York City in the 2009 FA Trophy final.
Boylan, a product of the West Ham academy, includes Exeter City, Chelmsford City and Cambridge United on his CV. He also had five seasons at Canvey Island, scoring 148 goals in 178 appearances.
“He is a proven goalscorer at the highest level,” said Tracey. “We have had lengthy talks. He wants to join us, and we will complete the signing on Thursday. With his experience he can also help the younger forwards to develop their game.”
Also back at the club is midfielder Tom Webb, with AFC in 2010-11, who played at Tilbury last season.
Tracey takes his squad to Blackhouse Lane tonight (Thursday) for a pre-season game against Cornard United (8pm). “The mood in the camp is excellent,” he said. “They are raring to go.
“I am happy with the way things are going. I said it would take a little time for the squad to take shape, but I think we now have a much stronger squad in place.”
Danny Charge, who had a brief spell at AFC last season, has been taking part in pre-season training after being invited back to the club by Tracey. The manager is also taking a look at Callum Harrison, a striker who has played at Long Melford and Haverhill Rovers.
“Nothing is finalised, but we are talking to them. The stronger the squad we have the better,” said Tracey, who is also in negotiations with two other players.
The players have been working with a conditioning coach, Adam Gillespie, a former Heybrige Swifts and Tiptree player. “It adds a little more professionalism to our pre-season,” said Tracey.
Gillespie is taking some pre-season sessions, and will then make regular assessments of the players’ fitness levels during the season.
Dan Emanuel has left the club and has signed for newly-promoted Witham. “He wants to play regularly,” said Tracey, “so I can understand it. I don’t want players here who are unhappy. I want people who want to be at AFC. I hope it goes well for Dan, except when they play us.”
Witham have also signed Tom Devaux, who was released by AFC at the end of last season.