Early deals could leave Chair­boys sit­ting pretty

Last year’s skip­per be­lieves it will be a bonus for club

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

STU­ART Lewis is hope­ful Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ speedy trans­fer busi­ness this summer will pay div­i­dends next sea­son.

Chair­boys man­ager Gareth Ainsworth wasted no time in begin­ning to re­build his squad af­ter Wy­combe se­cured League Two sur­vival on the fi­nal day of last sea­son at Torquay.

Goalscor­ing was a prob­lem and ex­pe­ri­enced Scun­thorpe United striker Paul Hayes was snapped up just a cou­ple of weeks af­ter that emo­tion­ally-drain­ing day on the English Riv­iera.

A three-year pack­age was put to­gether to tempt promis­ing cen­tre-back Aaron Pierre from Brent­ford and Joe Ja­cob­son’s cap­ture from Shrews­bury Town looks like shrewd busi­ness.

Get­ting a group of play­ers to­gether so early in the summer has given the new-look Blues squad time to get to know each other and Lewis reck­ons that fa­mil­iar­ity could be vi­tal.

He said: “One or two more might come in but the busi­ness the man­ager done so far has been good and it’s been done early, which is al­ways a bonus.

“There’s a quite lot of new faces and it’s a fresh start for every­one. Train­ing has been good so far. Every­one has come back look­ing sharp and work­ing hard.

“The squad as a whole is very closely-knit this year and every­one is pulling to­gether in the right di­rec­tion. We’re rar­ing to go.

“Aaron Pierre came in at the end of last sea­son and showed what he’s all about.

“He’s a tal­ented young de­fender who has got a big fu­ture ahead of him. Paul Hayes is proven at our level. I think he’s got a lot of goals in him.

“Joe [Ja­cob­son] looks to have a qual­ity left foot and is a good pro­fes­sional, a good lad and he’ll be one to look out for next sea­son. He’s got a good at­ti­tude as well and that’s what we are look­ing for next sea­son.”

Ainsworth was known as a work­horse in his play­ing days and has been tough on his Chair­boys squad in pre-sea­son train­ing, how­ever last year’s skip­per Lewis ex­pected noth­ing less from his boss.

He added: “There’s been a few tough days in pre-sea­son, like there al­ways is, but it’s been good.

“You need to work hard and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m look­ing for­ward to a fresh start now and to the sea­son get­ting un­der­way.”

Lewis in­jured his foot in the 2-2 draw with Che­sham United in mid­week and is a doubt for Satur­day’s friendly with Read­ing. Wan­der­ers then visit Weald­stone on Tues­day night.

AMER­SHAM Town Vet­er­ans will host Wat­ford Leg­ends on Sun­day at Sprat­ley’s Meadow at 3pm.

The Wat­ford team is ex­pected to in­clude the likes of Luther Blis­set, Tommy Mooney and Steve Terry and en­try is £5 for adults, £2 for se­niors while U16s get in for free. Park­ing will be avail­able at the ground.

CHAL­FONT Wasps be­gan their pre-sea­son with a 3-1 de­feat against Mil­ton United on Satur­day, Con­nor Cum­ber on tar­get, and con­tinue their prepa­ra­tions this evening (Thurs­day) at home to Mar­low United.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410086

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