Football: Harlow Town retain eight (and say goodbye to five)
Football / Thu 14th Jul 2022 pm31 12:27pm
WITH pre-season underway, the Hawks squad for the new season has started to take shape under Chapman. The Hawks began their pre-season schedule with a 2-0 victory over Stanway Rovers, with goals from Alex Read and Alfie Attrill before narrowly losing away to AFC Sudbury on Saturday.
The two goalscorers are amongst the first eight who have put pen to paper ahead of the new season, extending their stay.
Alex Read has extended his third spell with the club having re-joined in May 2021. The record goal-scorer, who’s netted 202 times while playing for the Hawks initially joined the club in July 2013, scoring 52 goals in a single season before following that up with 42 goals and 38 goals in the seasons that followed. After 5 years with the club, Read departed for Tonbridge Angels, where he helped steer them to promotion to the National League before re-joining the Hawks in February 2020. His second spell was over by the summer but he returned last summer after taking some time away from football.
Attrill enters his second season with the Hawks, having signed for the club last summer. A local lad to the club, Alfie was signed from Cheshunt and featured 9 times for the club last season.
Josh Steele has extended his stay at the Harlow Arena to a second season, having signed for the club in July 2021, after coming through the Margate academy. The young centre-back was a key part of Chapman’s squad last season, having made 28 appearances and scoring 7 goals in the process.
The young midfielder enters his second season with the Harlow Town men’s first team, having been promoted from the Reserves in November 2021.
Eadie’s second spell at the club will go into 2023, with the defender deciding to stay on for the new season. After an initial spell with the club in September 2013, after coming through the St Albans academy, he left the Hawks when his contract expired in 2017 to try and play as high as he could, signing for St Albans to achieve that. After four years away from the Hawks, he resigned ahead of the 2021/22 season with the experienced defender featuring 30 times for the club last season.
Simms has put pen to paper to extend his third spell with the club, having returned to the Hawks in May 2021. The experienced midfielder signed for the Hawks in 2014 from Potters Bar Town. After 276 appearances, he departed the club before returning in February 2020 on a one month loan deal from Cheshunt. Last season he featured 36 times for the Hawks, scoring twice.
Jones will remain between the sticks next season, having signed for a second time in January 2022. The shot-stopper had a previous short spell with the Hawks in October 2017, but departed the club after just four appearances as his need to cover the injured keeper was no longer required. With plenty of experience for Jones, who previously played for clubs that included Potters Bar Town, Fisher Athletic, Crawley Town and Waltham Abbey, he played 31 times last season.
Horgan will provide back-up to the goalkeeper position once again next season, having been promoted from the Reserves and signed his first team forms in October 2020.
Whilst some have extended their stay, we have also said goodbye to a few players in the past week. Junior Dadson, Amar Lewis, Tiannie Wilson, Lauran Luke and Craig Alcock have all departed the club.
Of the departures, player-coach Craig Alcock and Junior Dadson featured 25 and 33 times for the club respectively last season. Alcock joined Danny Chapman’s coaching staff last summer, having signed as a player a year earlier while Dadson brought his third spell to an end, having re-joined the club ahead of the 2021/22 season. In his time at the club, Junior reached over 200 appearances and scored just under 100 times in that same period.
Elsewhere, the former Stanway Rovers midfielder Amar Lewis ended his time at the club after 3 seasons, having signed in 2019 while Tiannie Wilson ended his second spell with the club after resigning in July 2021, having originally signed for the club in November 2019 and Lauran Luke brought an end to this short time at the club, having signing in January. The former Barking defender certainly had an impact on the squad, playing 18 times for the club.
We want to thank all of these players for their efforts with the club and wish them all the best for the future, wherever that may be.