New boy Lewis Ferrell reckons Farnborough are a club on the up – and has vowed to kickstart his career by challenging for honours.

The Staines Town captain made the switch to Cherrywood Road this week after he was surprisingly released by Swans boss Marcus Gayle at the end of the season.

And the 23-year-old believes he has joined Spencer Day's Boro revolution at just the right time with the club showing encouraging signs of recovering from the financial doldrums.

“Farnborough is a club on the up,” said former Brentford youngster Ferrell, whose favoured position is at right-back.

“There is a lot going on with the completion of the new stand, the cafe and the big crowds that I know they can get here and I honestly believe we can push on next season and make a challenge.

“I'm not motivated by money at all, I just want to play.

"Personally I had a standstill season with Staines last year and I'm not just here to consolidate. This is a big club at this level and I believe we can get a top ten finish and keep pushing on.”

'Easy decision to make'

Former Hampton & Richmond Borough skipper Ferrell made 40 appearances for the Swans last season, scoring one goal, and formed a key part of Gayle's side who took four points off Boro in the league and knocked them out of FA Trophy.

He is due to join up with his Farnborough team-mates for pre-season at the beginning of July ahead of the next Conference South season, but is not worried about settling into a new environment.

“I know a few of the boys already,” Ferrell added. “I speak to Alan Inns a lot and know Josh Huggins from our days at Hampton.

“I'd spoken to a few lads before the end of last season about the summer, then Spencer and Leigh [Dynan, assistant manager] called me up and sold the club to me.

"It was an easy decision to make and I'm glad that we've got it done nice and early.”

Huggins courted

Ferrell's arrival, however, throws into question the future of the club's player of the year Huggins, who occupied that right-back position so impressively last season and finished as the team's second top scorer with nine goals.

Huggins has been offered a new deal to stay and become one of the top earners at cash-strapped Boro.

But he is also being courted by a number of clubs including big spenders Havant & Waterlooville, who this week also added ex-Boro and Aldershot Town striker Bradley Bubb to their ranks.

Day has already secured the services of a number of first-teamers for next season including captain Inns, left-back Ollie Treacher, striker Phil Page and youngsters Darryl Siaw and Courtney Fearn.

Farnborough FC are to take on Skybet League Two side Oxford United in a friendly at Paddy Power Park on Saturday July 12.

The match will kick off at the slightly earlier time of 2pm, with Reading Ladies taking on Watford in the FA Women’s Super League Continental Cup on the same day, with a 6pm start.