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Two in for Boro but Inman deal is 'dead'

Farnborough FC boss Spencer Day strengthened has squad with two exciting young additions this week – but has accepted defeat in his bid to land top summer target, Dean Inman

Spencer Day has added two exciting young additions to his Farnborough squad this week

Spencer Day strengthened his squad with two exciting young additions – but has called time on a bid to land his top summer target.

The Boro chief added to his attacking options by bringing in pacey winger Arron Hopkinson and highly-rated goal-getter Joe Taylor this week.

But he admitted a deal to bring back popular defender Dean Inman looked dead in the water after his club, Hayes & Yeading, were handed a relegation reprieve into Conference South following the demise of Premier side Hereford United.

Hopkinson, 21, became Day’s second signing of the summer after agreeing a one-year deal from Bognor Regis Town, where he scored six goals in the Ryman Premier last season.

The former Bath City, Mangotsfield, Hastings and Lewes wide man is looking to make the step up to Conference South after the Rocks failed in their promotion bid last term.

And he is set to be joined at Cherrywood Road next season by much sought-after striker Joe Taylor, who is also ready to make the step up after scoring 27 goals for Sittingbourne in Ryman South last term.

Day said: “It’s been a good bit of business for us this week. Arron is a very exciting young winger, very quick and just wants to play at the highest level he can.

“Similarly, Joe scored 27 goals at Step 4 last year and 20 in a struggling time the year before. He’s got a great attitude and he’s really impressed me, I just hope he can take his chance.”

Day’s bid, however, to land Inman a fortnight ago was labelled as "embarrassing" by a Hayes & Yeading source – now after the homeless club were handed a reprieve from the Conference at last weekend's AGM, it is widely expected that manager Phil Babb will keep his captain for another season.

“It’s certainly dead now,” Day revealed. “We were keen to take Dean back and he wanted to come but Hayes & Yeading’s reprieve makes it impossible now.

"We won’t be making another bid, I’m pretty sure he’ll be staying there now.”

Another player likely to be lured back to Hayes & Yeading is former Aldershot goalkeeper Mikael Jaimez-Ruiz, who was being linked with a move to both Rushmoor clubs last week.

Day has revealed, however, that talks are ongoing with a number of goalkeeping targets, including a Football League stopper on a year-long loan deal.

One big void in the Boro squad for next season las been left by Player of the Year Josh Huggins, who completed his move to big-spending Havant & Waterlooville this week.

Day believes, however, that due to the terms of Huggins' contract, Boro are entitled to "substantial" compensation from the Hawks for their nine-goal right back and will request a tribunal hearing if an amount is not agreed.

Meanwhile, Farnborough will make the short trip to Gander Green Lane to take on league rivals Sutton United in a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 19, ko 3pm.

The only other friendly arranged so far is the visit of League Two Oxford United to Cherrywood Road on July 12.

 

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