WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham has explained he will remain patient and keep his options open when it comes to bringing in new players this summer, writes Rob Stevens.


welcomed back eight players that featured regularly last season in the

friendly with Hayes & Yeading United

on Saturday while Woodham used the match to introduce several new faces, including six from the Under 18s squad.

Woodham insists he will not get involved with any pre-season nonsense and that people must want to come and play at Stag Meadow for the right reasons.

He told the Observer: "I won't be talking about the players that aren't here that's for sure. Football is football and they'll move on thinking the grass is always greener.

"We've got a couple of new faces and are looking to bring in more, but we've got some good players in the group so it's not a big rebuild. We can keep our options open but, if I have to start the season with the current group, then I wouldn't be overly fussed.

"They'll be a lot of players available in the next two or three weeks when other clubs ramp up their volume of games and decide on what they want to keep.

"We're okay as fas as I know but things do change every five minutes at this time of the season. It's like a pantomime at the moment, the way some of these managers, who are meant to be adults, behave is unbelievable.

"I hate this time of year but, as it stands at the moment, I've not been let down. I was pretty clear who was going at the end of the Ascot game.

"I've not been let down at all because I don't allow myself to get involved with the malarkey and nonsense of pre-season when managers have got to sign him and him, or have 30 players at a session. You're talking to people that probably aren't worth the effort at the end of the day.

"I'm quite happy for players to come down here and want to play for the club. There's a real desire within this group now and that'll do for me. I will accept the mistakes and, if the attitude is bang on, then we will get on nicely.

"We will have to keep our options open but boys want to play football at the end of the day. They might get a knock-back elsewhere, which doesn't mean to say they're bad players, but all of a sudden they might like it down here."

Windsor have lost former professional Barry Hayles, who has joined Merstham as assistant manager, whilst Kieran Knight has retired and Daniel Roberts remains with Slough Town.

It means Jack Gibson, 16, is the only recognised striker in the squad but Woodham is confident the club will find a new goal scorer.

He said: "It gives someone else an opportunity, when you put it into perspective, and we will find another way to score goals.

"Goal scorers won't come here because we do a nice post-match meal, they tend to cost money, unless we can get a young guy in who wants to do what Daniel done. He had a breakthrough season with a vast amount of goals, which was great.

"Hopefully there are one or two like him around the corner and we will find someone. There will always be someone wanting to come and play here just because of supply and demand, so we will be patient."

Windsor are expected to welcome back Kai Davis and George Gould in the coming weeks.

It is believed a number of players have left the club this summer including Joe Crook, Finn Kelly-Lewis, Matthew Stockill, Connor Shingleston, Corey Parchment, Fabio Nunes, Robert Lazarczuk, Kane Fitzgerald, Paul Coyne, Gus Bowles and Jack Hall.