BUSY Farnborough Town boss Tommy Taylor has clinched his second signing in the space of a week by securing the services of talented full back Jay Lovett.
Despite only just having bagged livewire striker Barrington Belgrave, boss Taylor wasted no time in returning to the transfer market to land 25-year-old Lovett from Nationwide division two side Brentford.
Lovett, one of Taylor's long-term targets, can play either right back or midfield and has proved a hit wherever he has gone.
He started his career at Plymouth Argyle, where he was an apprentice before turning professional. He then moved to Crawley Town, where he spent one-and-a-half seasons before Brentford paid £75,000 for his services during the 1999/2000 season.
Since his time at Griffin Park, Lovett has made 25 first team starts and six as a substitute, scoring one goal. Towards the end of last season, was loaned out to Boro's Conference rivals Hereford, where he impressed once again.
Lovett becomes the seventh player on Boro's books, joining fellow new boys Belgrave and Gravesend's Nick Burton.
But with chairman Vic Searle is sunning himself on his summer holiday, speculation is mounting as to who will be the next addition io the pay-roll.
According to Lovett's former colleagues at Brentford, ex-Bees legend Carl Hutchings is also ready to make the switch to Cherrywood Road having been released by Taylor's former club Leyton Orient.
Hutchings, 29, is a quick, tough-tackling player who is equally comfortable in midfield or defence both right or centre, and judging by his CV, would be a vaulable addition to any Conference squad.
Having started as a Brentford trainee in 1993, Hutchings soon became a key part in the first team set-up before eventually moving to Bristol City for £130,000 in July 1998. Brentford, at the time, were asking for £500,000.
Brief stints then back at Brentford and Exeter on loan and Southend and Leyton Orient on free transfers unsettled Hutchings but now the Bees believe he is destined for Cherrywood Road in a bid to re-build his career.
Another name being bandied about is Paul Campbell, who played under Taylor at Darlington.
Campbell, 23, is a 6ft 1in midfield player whose chances in the North East have been limited this season, although he is a favourite with Quakers fans.
In over 50 starts for the club, Campbell has netted eight goals and he could be just the type of player Taylor needs to build his new-look squad around.
One thing's for sure, Cherrywood Road is a hot-bed of transfer speculation at the moment and with these kind of names being linked, it's no wonder that Boro fans are beginning to get excited for the season ahead.
It is unlikely, however, that many more names will enter the fray until training starts on June 28 with Taylor still playing the waiting game and looking to assess the form of several other players expected to arrive at Cherrywood Road for pre-season training.
l The Farnborough Town clubhouse will be open for tomorrow night's European Championship qualifier between England and Slovakia. Doors open at 7pm, kick-off is at 8pm and all are welcome to attend.