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"66/1! - I'll have some of that!"

CONFIDENT Farnborough Town chairman has vowed to stake £200 at 66/1 that his club will win the Conference title after early odds were released by Bet365.

FARNBOROUGH Town saviour Vic Searle took one look at the early betting odds for this year's Nationwide Conference title and promptly added: "I'll have some of that!"

Chairman Mr Searle vowed to stake £200 on Boro lifting the trophy next May after seeing that internet bookies Bet365 had quoted his side as 66-1 rank outsiders to take the title.

And to make matters worse for Mr Searle, Conference newcomers and neighbours Aldershot Town are equal seventh favourites at just 14-1 to take the biggest prize in non-League football.

Mr Searle is currently living in a transfer wonderland after admitting that players are literally falling at his feet, desperate to play in the red and white checks of Farnborough next season.

Indeed, such is the wave of transfer activity happening in and around Cherrywood Road at the moment, Mr Searle is very confident that his side can surprise the bookies and become a major player in the title race.

He said: "When I saw the odds I thought: ‘I'll have some of that.'

"We won't be easy this year, believe me. We will be strong at the back, workmanlike in midfield and quick up front - that's the way we're going to play this league.

"I have got every confidence in the people around me and in my own ability. Players will not be coming here to play for the money next season, they'll be playing for this club because they want to succeed for both themselves and for Tommy (Taylor).

"We will have what we can afford but do the very best we can, and with the players who want to come and play for us, I'm confident that we will be a very different prospect to the team of last year."

Taylor and the chairman currently have just four players on their books - Ken Charlery, Mark Osborn, Tony Taggart and Paul Harkness, while the rest determine their futures.

But with Taylor's first major signing expected to be announced as the Mail went to press on Monday - that being a Conference defender - further developments are likely to follow.

Taylor and Mr Searle have listed nine players on the early summer shopping list - all with Football League experience, but as the chairman explains, time is not of the essence on this occasion.

"He added: "There are nearly 1,000 players who have been released by Football League clubs this summer of which only about ten per cent will go back into the professional game.

"We are in absolutely no rush because we don't want to make the mistake that other clubs make in choosing players that just won't come off. We will find out about each and every player before we take them on because a lot slip through the net.

"The players we are talking to at the moment are the ones that we want. The rest will get their opportunity in pre-season to show us that they want to play for this club. We have a lot of time on our hands and we are determined to use it wisely."

Taylor and Mr Searle continue talks with players this week, while it is hoped that the defender target puts pen to paper overnight.

Two other targets are thinking over new deals on a beach somewhere, while fans' favourites Darren Annon and Joff Vansittart are still to come back with answers to their new pay offers.

l Season tickets are currently on sale at the club and substantial reductions are open to those fans who purchase them before June 30.

Contact the club for full details or read Friday's News.

l Don't forget the social club opens Thursday through to Sunday, everyone is welcome to pop in.


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