Weston on the verge of signing two strikers

PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 May 2011

chrisyoung

chrisyoung

Archant

WESTON’S hopes of making the Blue Square Premier have been bolstered thanks to the settlement of a new playing budget for next season, claims manager Craig Laird.

The dust has barely settled a week after the Seagulls finished mid-table in the Blue Square South and won the Somerset Premier Cup in a successful season for the club.

But while players begin their well-earned break, staff off the field are already busy preparing for next season, finalising a playing budget for the club.

Manager Craig Laird met chairman Paul Bliss last Wednesday to set the new budget, which the boss claims will assist the club moving forward next season.

And following the agreed settlement, Craig has already made moves to sign two strikers, both emphatic goal-scorers at their lower league clubs.

The club has opened talks with 27-year-old Chris Young, who scored seven goals last term for Bridgwater Town in the Zamaretta Division One.

Negotiations have also begun with former Southampton trainee, 28-year-old Matt Huxley, who scored 48 goals in 35 games for Oldland Abbotonians in the Toolstation Western League Division One.

Both players, Craig claims, would be good additions to the squad, which meets again for training in the last week of June.

He said: “I am very hopeful we can continue to push forward as a club with the agreed budget. I’m looking to bring in three to four new players to strengthen the side and bolster our chances of making the play-offs next season.”

However, Craig added that when players come in, some players have to go and he expected a list of retained players to be announced next week.

He said: “I’m afraid that’s the harsh reality of football - it’s a difficult time when we have to make serious decisions on players’ futures. I hope we get them right.”

More from Weston Mercury

Two hooded Weston-super-Mare robbers who held their victims at knife-point and threatened to ‘slice them up’ have been jailed.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

The English National Ballet will bring its Swan Lake performance to the West Country – and the Mercury is giving readers a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

An East Brent play park will receive a five-figure upgrade to improve facilities for children in the village.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:05

The collected 30 something’s were partying like it was 2002 at Bristol’s SWX on Friday as post punk rockers A returned to Bristol to play the whole of their seminal album Hi-Fi Serious.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

More than £200,000 has been spent by North Somerset Council on redundancy payments in 18 months.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

The plan to join up a walking and cycling route from Brean to Clevedon has moved a step closer.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Venture into the wizarding world with the latest remake of one of J K Rowling’s books.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:56

A woman who has vowed to complete 40 outdoor swims in her 40th year is just three challenges away from hitting her target.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Homemade crafts and items were sold in aid of one of Weston’s best-loved sites.

Read more
Saturday, November 17, 2018

A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 3°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists