United all set for a Hayles storm

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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Ex-Ful­ham, Cay­man Is­lands and Ja­maica striker Barry Hayles will play for Che­sham United next sea­son, at the age of 43

Jim Steele older than Purse. But hav­ing seen him al­ready play in the Con­fer­ence South for Truro City, St Albans and Ar­lesey, Leese is con­fi­dent age won’t stop Hayles be­ing a hit in the claret and blue of Che­sham.

He said: “We wouldn’t have gone to the trou­ble of sign­ing Barry if we didn’t think he still had the abil­ity to play and con­trib­ute – he wasn’t short of of­fers.

“He’s still in great shape and loves the game, which is a very im­por­tant fac­tor. He’s very sim­i­lar to Dar­ren Purse in that he adds just that bit of know-how and ex­pe­ri­ence to the play­ing side.

“We strug­gled dur­ing the run-in last sea­son [ Che­sham lost six of their last eight games], but when we lost Pursey, fol­lowed by Si­mon Thomas and Danny Tal­bot, that sort of role mat­ters. We lacked that sort of char­ac­ter, some­one who can get your mes­sage over to the play­ers.”

It’s a case of sec­ond time lucky for Leese, who had Hayles on trial three years ago, but the for­mer Ja­maican and Cay­man Is­lands in­ter­na­tional chose to join St Albans in­stead on that oc­ca­sion.

Leese added: “I nearly got Barry a few years ago. Ev­ery year he says will be his last, but we will see. He does a lot of coach­ing al­ready, and he can do as much or as lit­tle as he wants with us.”

Leese has also brought striker Brad Wad­kins back to the club from Ayles­bury and has moved for St Albans midfielder Matt Tay­lor, and while de­fender Danny Braith­waite has de­parted for Roys­ton, the Che­ham boss is con­fi­dent his squad won’t get ripped apart like last sum­mer.

He said: “We were dis­ap­pointed to lose Brad last time. He was in a bit of a rush to get on with his ca­reer and drifted off, but he has ma­tured phys­i­cally and is ready to play now.

“I’m sure there will be a few more de­par­tures, but I am look­ing to play with a cer­tain phi­los­o­phy this sea­son, and will be look­ing to sign a cer­tain type of player.”

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