Lewis looks to make his mark

Hopes new ground will im­press too HAYES & YEAD­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MICKEY Lewis is look­ing to put his own stamp on the Hayes & Yead­ing United squad af­ter tak­ing over as man­ager.

Lewis is the new man in the Bea­cons­field Road hot­seat af­ter be­ing con­firmed as Garry Hay­lock’s re­place­ment fol­low­ing the club’s rel­e­ga­tion to the South­ern League.

He moved quickly to make his first sign­ing of the sum­mer by bring­ing in for­mer Swin­don, Torquay and Bas­ingstoke for­ward Lloyd Mack­lin last week.

For­mer Hayes leg­end Terry Brown is now in charge at Bas­ingstoke and is tak­ing the club full-time for next sea­son, with Mack­lin one of the ca­su­al­ties of the move.

Mack­lin, still just 24, was some­thing of a prodigy dur­ing his teenage years and be­came Swin­don’s youngest ever player when he took to the field against Brent­ford in 2007.

His sig­na­ture is just one of a raft of new play­ers set to come through the doors at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium this sum­mer.

He said: “I need to speak with Tony and Tris­tan and we’ve got lots to dis­cuss mov­ing for­ward. We’ll get some more games put in place for pre-sea­son and start re­cruit­ing some play­ers.

“I know some of the play­ers al­ready. Like any­body, I want to put my own stamp on things but I’ll be tak­ing ad­vice on the squad from those two as well. It’s an ex­cit­ing time.”

Lewis is hop­ing the lure of the new ground, which United are hop­ing to fi­nally move into for next term, will see oth­ers fol­low Mack­lin’s lead.

He said: “We hope that the new ground will help to at­tract play­ers. Peo­ple only need to come down to see the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and they’ll be im­pressed. We hope that is a bit of a sell­ing point and we think we’ve got good staff here too.”

Sean Cronin has al­ready con­firmed his de­par­ture from Hayes & Yead­ing and a new cen­tre-back is thought to be high on Lewis’ wish-list.

n NEW SIGN­ING: Lloyd Mack­lin scor­ing for Sal­is­bury – Micky Lewis will hope he can do the same for Hayes & Yead­ing

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