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Redhead aims to boost team
11:06am Thursday 27th September 2012 in Sport
SIMON Redhead is keeping his fingers crossed he can revitalise Redditch United’s ranks ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy first qualifying round trip to Nantwich Town (3pm).
The signs look promising as Redhead has already introduced several players into the side who he plans to keep hold of.
Much-travelled midfielder Mark Hands played in the 1-1 draw with league-leaders Leamington last Tuesday along with on-loan Solihull Moors duo Andre Francis and Jordan Fitzpatrick.
Redhead said: “At the moment Andre and Jordan are on a short-term loan with us — but I would like to make them a permanent fixture at Redditch.
“At present, the pair of them have been spending a great deal of time on the bench with Moors and not getting much game time.
“It’s something I have to try and sort out with (Solihull manager) Marcus Bignot, but I think a great deal will rest on whether Moors progress any further in the FA Cup,”
Former Evesham United player Hands, who is also on non-contract forms at Evo-Stik Northern League side Chasetown and Midland Alliance outfit Studley, also featured in central midfield for Reds where he made a major impact.
Redhead added: “Mark has also signed for Chasetown and recently appeared for Studley as well. Obviously I want him at Redditch, so he has some decisions to make.”
Redhead has already sealed the signing of Stourbridge striker Lyndon Dovey, but his registration didn’t go through in time for him to face Leamington.
But the Valley Stadium boss wants another striker on board for Saturday.
He has already served seven days notice to Northern League Division One South side Coalville for marksman Jerome Murdoch.
He said: “We made an offer for Jerome, but Coalville have already made it plain they don’t want to lose him.
“So there’s a bit of jostling going on at the moment — but I must have more firepower.”
Redhead has made it clear that if he succeeds with his transfer targets, then some of his exisiting squad would be leaving the Valley Stadium.
He added: “I have to be very careful. If everything goes to plan, then at least two of the exisiting players will be going out — it’s simply a case of balancing the books.”