Needham boss brings in three new players
Needham Market boss Mark Morsley hopes the arrival of three new faces will bring an end to the club’s alarming start to the new season.
With his side languishing in the bottom three of the Ryman League Premier Division, Morsley has moved quickly to stop the rot by bringing in midfielders Jay Davies and Michael Brothers, along with goalkeeper Danny Gay.
Gay has put pen-to-paper from St Neots while Davies arrives from Saints’ Southern League rivals Biggleswade and Brothers returns to Bloomfields from Brantham Athletic,
Morrsley, who hasn’t ruled out a fourth signing over the weekend, said: “We didn’t make too many changes over the summer as I wanted to give the players who got us promoted a chance to show me that they could perform at the next level.
“Some have been able to, but unfortunately others haven’t so I have had to make some changes.
“The three new players will strengthen the spine of our side and, although we lost on Saturday, it was a huge improvement on previous weeks.”
Goalkeeper Gay, who has worked with Morsley before, has previously played for Norwich City, Chelmsford, King’s Lynn and AFC Sudbury.
“I’m very surprised that it hasn’t worked out for Danny at St Neots. He is a very good goalkeeper who will bring experience to the team,” said Morsley.
Davies, 23, has Bishop’s Stortford, St Neots, Woking and Farnborough among his former clubs after coming through the youth ranks at Peterborough United.
“We haven’t had a proper number 10-type player all season and Jay will solve that,” said Morsley. “He has lots of pace and is very tricky.”
Brothers, who featured in the 4-2 home defeat against Harrow Borough at the weekend, needs little introduction to Marketmen fans.
He left Bloomfields to join lower-league Brantham Athletic as a player-coach in the summer but the move didn’t work out for him.
The former Colchester United Academy player netted five times in 19 appearances for Needham last season, including a spectacular bicycle kick goal in the final day 5-0 win at Chatham Town.
“It’s great to be back,” admitted Brothers.
“I really enjoyed my coaching role with Brantham Athletic, but when the call came from Mark I had to think as a player.
“As a footballer you want to play at the highest level you can for as long as you possibly can.”
On Tuesday night, Brothers was on target twice as Needham Market beat Heybridge Swifts 5-0 in the League Cup to seal their first win of the campaign.
Also on target were Adam Mills, Ollie Fenn and Davies.