Rams boss draws blank on recruits
He has the funds, but Hurley unable to persuade players to commit
ANDY Hurley is tearing his hair out after enduring another week of frustrated attempts to add some fresh faces to his squad.
Since losing experienced centre back duo Tom Willment and Jonathan Munday last month, the Beaconsfield SYCOB boss has been on the phone trying to round up some new recruits.
As the Advertiser went to press, he had drawn a blank, although he was still hopeful of bagging a centre back on loan from the Nike Academy in time for Saturday’s game at Egham.
Hurley said: “It’s a bit frustrating to be honest. I’ve been talking to a lot of players but I can’t get anyone to commit.
“My phone has been red hot, but players seem to want to get Christmas out of the way before looking at their situations, which doesn’t help our cause with the games we have coming up.
“We’ve got a reasonable budget, and the funds are in place now; it’s just a case of finding players who are interested.
“Some players are happy to sit on the bench at higher-level clubs, which I find strange. I would want to be playing, whereas they just want to say they play this or that club – but they’re not actually playing.”
Some new signings would have been useful before the Egham game, as keeper Sam Bunting and defender Guram Guramishvilli are both suspended.
But Hurley, who felt his side should have got more from last Saturday’s goalless draw against Northwood, will instead promote from within.
He added: “It was one of those games where we were never going to concede, but our finishing was not what it should be, and we should have won comfortably. We need to be sharper in front of goal to turn these draws into victories.
“It’s taking longer than we hoped, but these players are growing week by week. We just need those two or three more experienced heads to come in to finish things off.”
Dave Lawrence (Northwood, yellow/black) and Ashley Kelynack (SYCOB, red/white) vie for possession in last weekend’s goalless draw, which Andy Hurley felt his side should have won comfortably