Nebbett expects more through the Larges Lane door as duo sign on at Bracknell TownBy Lewis Rudd
January 25, 2013
Steve Nebbett believes it was vital Bracknell Town added fresh faces to its ranks ahead of what is going to be a busy second half of the season for the club.
Nebbett and fellow Robins joint manager Danny Oliphant have welcomed both Dave Blackmore and Brazilian Bruno Genaro De Souza to the club, with the pair following in the footsteps of club legend Mick Havermans, who recently agreed to rejoin Town at the age of 47.
Another close to arriving at Larges Lane is Liam Woozley, who is in search of first team football having found his chances at neighbours Ascot United limited.
And in another boost for the Robins, midfielder Martin Bradshaw has re-committed himself to the cause following a spell away at Combined Counties League side Windsor.
With Town some nine games behind league leaders Rayners Lane and six or seven in arrears to those closest to them in the table – as well as their involvement in the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup – Nebbett has said it is important both he and Oliphant have as many players possible at their disposal.
He said: “We are always looking to improve and we are always going to try and do that, especially with all the fixtures we are going to have between now and the end of the season.
“There is still a lot of games to play and we are now probably looking at games on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and when you are away from home some people are not always going to be able to make it, so you are always going to need to have a big squad.”
Nebbett went on to say how the new arrivals do not just bring added quantity to the squad, but also improve on the quality.
He also hinted how they may not be the last to pass through the Larges Lane doors either, adding: “We are going to need a lot of players, especially with the amount of games we have.
“But we have a very good squad given we have had no budget at all and our hands are tied, but me and Danny know a few people and we have got lucky with a few.
“Eddie Gray, Liam Alleyne and Harry Brown; having people like that in the team is an absolute pleasure.
“But we know we are going to need a few more and myself and Danny will not be scared to dust off our boots if we need to”
Winger Blackmore joins the club from Bracknell Town and District Sunday League side Bracknell Forest, while fellow midfielder De Souza has recently arrived in the UK from his native South America.
However, he must wait to receive international clearance from the Football Association before he can be handed his Robins debut.
Woozley and Havermans, though, need no introduction to the Larges Lane faithful, having both excelled during previous stints at the club.
The former made his name as a defender with Town, while Havermans’ goal scoring antics for the club in the late 1990s, along with strike partner John Smith, have made him a legendary figure with the Robins.
The striker, whose son Joel is part of the set up at local rivals Binfield, made his second debut during the 6-4 Hellenic Supplementary Cup loss to Headington Amateurs earlier this month, having come out of retirement to help the goal-shy side, something which Nebbett is fully confident he can achieve.
“I’m good friends with Mick and we are struggling to score goals at the moment,” said the player-manager.
“I am also good friends with another club legend, John Smith, and he told me he knew of a goalscorer – Mick.
“My first thought was to laugh, but I have seen him at a few games this season and he assured me he is in good shape.
“He has not played for the last year or so, but he has been running and keep himself fit, so we decided to give it a go.
“We didn't make him any promises, but he knows how to score goals and is an infectious person to have around.
“We will see how it goes.”
On the potential return of Woozley, he added: “Ascot have a good side and some good centre backs and I think he is down the pecking order.
“He asked if he could come over and we said yes.
“He is a good defender and would bring some real benefits to the squad.”