Saturday, March 19, 2005

Twelve days to transfer deadline

With just twelve days to go, including today, until the transfer deadline line comes into place, many fans think Hereford United need to bring in a couple of players if they are serious about making a play-off challenge.

Graham Turner, is a canny operator, and may well have a number of potential signings ready to be revealed, but by transfer deadline last season he had brought in several players. Supporters who heard his H&W interview yesterday could be forgiven for asking whether Turner was making too many excuses for the lack, as yet, of new faces at Edgar Street.

The Bulls had a squad of 22 players going into the last week of March. Ben Smith was the only long term injury problem. Jordan King had gone to Hednesford but Turner had just brought in Mark Beesley, Bertrand Cozic, Scott Willis and Rob Betts. Travis came in February and Tom Smith at the beginning of March. However players such as Dean Craven, Andy Wells and Richard Teesdale were still in the squad.

The full squad was Baker, Green, Rose, Pitman, Tretton, James, D Williams, Ben Smith, Guinan, Brown, Travis, Purdie, Scott, Teesdale, Carey-Bertram, Craven,
Wells, Willis, Tom Smith, Beesley, Betts, and Cozic.

That squad took the Bulls to second place in the Conference, just one point
behind Chester.

Turner said yesterday that he was still looking to strengthen the squad and that
both he and "chief scout John Trewick" had watched lots of league reserve games.
Going on recent performances, they need to look for a proven goalscorer as well
as a left sided player and a midfielder.

Yesterday Turner used Mills and Stansfield, both strikers, after taking off
Pitman and Hyde, both midfielders. But even though the pair had chances
neither found the back of the net. The Bulls have only scored four goals in their
last four Conference games.

Turner is said to still be hoping that Joe Anyinsah would return to Edgar Street.
The Bristol City player was not in the squad for their game yesterday so maybe
there is still a chance the talented youngster could play for the Bulls again
this season.

Meanwhile, the recruitment of Wayne Jones to the club as physio, has made some
supporters question whether John Trewick will be retained at Edgar Street after
the end of the season.

In Bullseye yesterday Graham Turner welcomed the new face to the club.

"I have worked with Wayne before and know him to be an outstanding asset. He is a
total football man."

Jones said in his recent interview that he hoped to help with the coaching. He is
a FA Qualified A licence coach and was assistant manager at Gillingham. To have
joined Hereford United seems a step backwards, unless he is destined for a higher
position at the club.

Another remark this weekend leaves a doubt as to how much scouting is being done
by the person appointed recently who still remains nameless to many supporters.
John Trewick was called "chief scout" by Graham Turner in his H&W interview.

If there are new faces at Edgar Street in the next few days it will be
interesting to see if the new scout has been instrumental in bringing them to

UPDATE Monday March 21st.

Bulls News wishes to point out that John Trewick is not chief scout at Hereford. The quote taken from Graham Turner's interview on Saturday was misunderstood.