Castle: New signings unlikely

PUBLISHED: 10:07 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

THERE are unlikely to be any new faces in the St Albans City squad after boss Steve Castle confirmed that they are unlikely to be able to afford to bring new players in. The transfer window is now open for Football League clubs meaning that there are like

THERE are unlikely to be any new faces in the St Albans City squad after boss Steve Castle confirmed that they are unlikely to be able to afford to bring new players in. The transfer window is now open for Football League clubs meaning that there are likely to be a number of players available but when asked if he'd be bringing anybody in Castle said: "I doubt it. I'm quite realistic to know we can't afford it, it's quite simple. Unfortunately I don't know what finances we'll be allowed. The chairman's been very generous and I've got no complaints what so ever."

"We want to be competitive; I'd love to keep as many people as we can and bring in the odd work experience lad but a loan for a seasoned professional or even from the Conference Premier I think will be out of our reach if I'm honest."

St Albans gained a good point away at Hampton on New Year's Day and Castle was pleased with how his side competed. "Today I'm really pleased. We look a competitive team and I'd like to think we can be a match for anyone in Conference South. I'll be honest with you, I think it could have gone either way and I think both games could have probably done that. Arguably it was a better performance at home which is probably to be expected when we played for an hour with ten players. The attitude and enthusiasm that they all gave me, the subs included, I couldn't fault and on a pretty poor pitch it wasn't easy to keep your feet."

Paul Hakim had two glorious chances to give City an away win but was unable to find the back of the net and Castle admits that his side's lack of goals is a season long problem: "Obviously Haks [Paul Hakim] has had two glorious chances. We huffed and puffed in front of goal which we unfortunately have had the season-long problem with. I thought Gary Cohen aerially was fantastic, obviously he could get more chances but in general I'm pleased with each and every one of them."

James Fisher looks rejuvenated in central midfield and Castle is delighted with the form he is showing. "James is a superb lad. It gives me that option with Luke Thurlbourne going, to slot James Fisher into midfield. Obviously James Quilter has been ill and Lee Clarke comes in but Lee Clarke has got a cartilage problem so I need an extra midfield player and instead of me going to beg, borrow and steal off other clubs, maybe via the work-experience route, I'm looking within and James for me was Man of the Match."

Holding Hampton to two draws was a good result but this now leaves City without a win in six games. Castle believes his team's performances of late have shown that they are heading in the right direction especially against a side he believes will be pushing for promotion this year: "It was two games against a very competitive team and I don't think there's many sides that are going to take maximum points off Hampton and Richmond.

"We'll take each game as it comes but we'll take that point and that stat on board that we haven't had the win but the performances have been reasonable and over the Christmas period I think have been good. So it's going in the right direction. Obviously we had the reverse at Stevenage which is unfortunate but it's only the cup and now the two games against a team that were playoff finalists last year and I'd be amazed if they're not in and around at the final knockings this year.


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