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NO FEWER than 28 new players - 20 of which with Football League experience - will be descending on Farnborough Town's Cherrywood Road ground this Saturday to vie for a contract at the Conference club.

NO fewer than 20 former Football League players will be descending on Farnborough Town's Cherrywood Road ground this Saturday as a scramble for contracts takes place.

Boro boss Tommy Taylor will be looking at a total of 28 players this weekend — all looking to earn themselves a long-term deal at the club and a place in next season's first team.

Described by Boro chairman Vic Searle as "potentially the most exciting day at the club so far," Taylor and first team coach Ian McDonald will run the rule over a number of players - many of which likely to feature in Boro's hectic pre-season schedule.

Among the names of those players coming are several who have worked with Taylor before, either at Leyton Orient, Cambridge or Darlington.

Indeed, such is the quality of these star names, the boss is sure that if the talent on show reaches its full potential, then Farnborough could be a decent bet for a strong Conference challenge.

Joining new signings Nick Burton, Barrington Belgrave, Jay Lovett and Ali Chaaban for a place in the first team squad is left back Lee Cowling, who comes down from a spell at Nationwide division one high-fliers Nottingham Forest.

He is also joined on the training field by Leyton Orient's midfield workhorse Billy Beal and his former O's team-mate Chris Wild, who impressed Taylor with his defensive displays at Brisbane Road during his time there.

Coming down from Darlington, is midfielder Paul Campbell, whose interest at the Cherrywood Road set-up has been well documented.

A raid on another former club, Cambridge, has seen Taylor renew acquaintances with midfielder Adie Hayes. He is currently on holiday but will be back in time to make an impression on the management set-up at Cherrywood Road.

Meanwhile, Taylor will be running the rule over former Kingstonian and Southend United player Mark Beard and Neil Gough, who is coming down from League of Wales champions Barry Town.

Like ex-Ryman Leaguers Paul Harkness and Ali Chaaban, Taylor will also be giving a chance for young Wesley Hall to shine at Conference level.

Hall was the star man at Epsom & Ewell last season and is available on a Bosman free.

At the same time, Taylor has been linked with defender Ross Weatherstone, who helped Boston gain promotion to the Football League just over a year ago, and young goalkeeper Will Packham, who is currently with the Southampton Academy.

Mr Searle commented: "This is a really exciting week for us. Twenty-eight players are coming down to report for training at 11.30am on Saturday and 20 of which are former Football League players, so I'll be really looking forward to seeing the high quality on show.

"So far, everything has gone really well this summer with the signings we have already made, and there may be one more this week, we'll have to see. The work done on the ground has been great also and I thank everyone who has helped.

We have a new roof on the opening to the stadium and we can now do catering in the clubhouse after undergoing a few renovations.

"And then there's the share issue, for which we are giving as many people as possible the chance to have their say on the way the club is run. That EGM takes place on Friday night and we're all looking forward to that."


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