Bateman looking to strengthen Aylesbury squad

Former West Ham striker Terry Dixon has been training with Aylesbury this summer
Former West Ham striker Terry Dixon has been training with Aylesbury this summer

Steve Bateman says he is “running the rule” over several possible additions to his Aylesbury FC squad having already brought in three new players this summer.

Striker Danny Burnell and the versatile Lamar Simpson have both returned to the Moles this summer following spells with the club in 2013, while defender Tom Willment has signed from fellow Division One Central side Godalming Town.

Bateman is also looking at former West Ham United striker Terry Dixon, who’s been training with the club, as well as a number of other players as he looks to reshape his squad ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

“I’m quite happy with the way we’re shaping up,” the FC manager said. “At this stage we’ve only lost one player who I would have wanted to keep and that’s Bradley Wadkins, who’s stepped up a level and gone to Chesham. He goes with our best wishes because he’s been fantastic for us since I came to the club and he’s destined for good things.

“We have a few new additions plus one or two who we are running the rule over. Tom won this division two years ago with Burnham so he knows what it takes and he’s been through that process and he’ll give us some solidity at the back.

“Danny is a player very familiar to me. He scored 50 goals last season from October in the Flackwell Heath side that won the Hellenic Premier Division and I know what we’ll be getting from Danny because he’s consistently scored a lot of goals in this division in the time that I’ve worked with him,

“Terry Dixon has been training with us and we’re looking to give him a run against Dunstable on Tuesday, and we’re still looking at one or two more.”