Early deals could leave Chairboys sitting pretty
Last year’s skipper believes it will be a bonus for club
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.
ON THE BALL: Stuart Lewis hopes the early rebuild of the squad will pay dividends