Weston boss would be sad to see Kabba go
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 June 2012
WESTON'S rebuilding plans continue at a pace, but the Seagulls are braced to lose one of their top players.
Winger Ross Stearn has become the third player to sign a deal at the Woodspring Stadium, but the club now looks set to lose last season’s 15-goal top scorer, Sahr Kabba.
The diminutive striker has attracted interest from an unnamed Blue Square Premier club, and is now set to move.
Despite his imminent departure, the Seagulls now look likely to keep midfielder Kane Ingram, who had attracted interested from a rival Blue Square South club.
Former Bristol City trainee Stearn joins from Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side Chippenham Town and joins former Clevedon Town duo Chas Hemmings and Ashley Kington at the club.
And manager Craig Laird does not expect the new signings to stop there, having previously said the club needs to strengthen if they are to gain promotion from the Blue Square South next season.
He said: “We’re very pleased to have all three, and we’ve wanted to sign them all for a while.
“We’ve been tracking them all since they were released from their professional clubs for the past two years, and we’ve tried signing Ross before, and now we’re hopeful that they take their chance of playing at a higher level and prove their worth.
“All three will add strength and depth to the squad. Chas Hemmings is a strong lad that can play in a number of positions, whilst Ashley Kington and Ross Stearn will strengthen our midfield areas.
“We’re hopeful of adding another two or three more, and we’re looking into signing a defender, midfielder and striker.
“We have been tracking a large number of young players for the past two years and we like to think we have good knowledge of all the players out there available to us.”
And although Ingram looks set to stay at the club, Kabba, who joined the club two years ago and has become a firm fan’s favourite, is now likely to start the season at another club.
Laird continued: “We don’t want to lose either player. Kane is a good lad, and we had an inquiry but nothing more.
“He’s a great player to have around and we hope he stays. Obviously, we certainly don’t want to lose Sahr, but he’s got a great opportunity and we don’t want to stand in his way of enhancing his career.”