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Wings boss completes squad restructure
WELLING United player-boss Jamie Day says there will be no more signings at Park View Road after all the recent comings and goings.
The Wings sold star striker Andy Pugh to Cambridge United last month, but Day has been a busy man since using the money to bolster his play-off chasing squad.
Keeper Craig Holloway and midfielder Harry Baker are the latest additions, taking the squad up to 17 once the formalities of Holloway’s switch from Thurrock have been completed.
Day said: “Craig hasn’t officially deregistered at Thurrock but the paperwork should all hopefully be finalised soon.
“He is a keeper I’ve liked over the seasons we’ve played against him and lives in Eltham, so is a local.
“John Whitehouse isn’t fully fit yet and we need to be steady between now and the end of the season.
“It is up to Craig now to make the most of this opportunity and challenge John for a first team place.
“From Craig’s point of view as well he is joining a team who are looking to get into the play-offs.”
It was a case of second time lucky for Day on Bexleyheath-born winger Baker after the Wings manager missed out on the 21-year-old to Dover.
He said: “Harry is a player I tried to get before but he ended up going to Dover.
“Harry hasn’t been getting many games there recently but he is a good young talent and I want to get the best out of him.
“That is probably it now as far as signings are concerned.
“I’ve reinvested all of the Andy Pugh money now and once John Whitehouse is back it will take us up to 17, which is what we will go with until the end of the season.”
One man who isn’t included in those ranks is Jack Evans after he was recalled from his loan spell by League Two Gillingham.
Day said: “Jack did really well here but we always knew they were going to take him back at some stage.
“We would have liked to have kept him but hopefully he will get his chance now in their first team.”
Welling travel to Maidenhead on Saturday and Day, who is one of three Wings ruled out through suspension, is expecting a battle in Berkshire.
The manager added: “It is going to be a tough game.
“Maidenhead are a big physical side and the pitch there isn’t going to be brilliant, but we are good enough to go there and get a result.
“Joe Healy and Jack Parkinson still have to serve the final games of their suspensions because last weekend’s game at Staines was called off.
“I’m obviously suspended as well, so we won’t have many bodies on the bench but we will just have to get on with it.”
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