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Shots sign Wycombe legend Carroll

JUST two weeks ago Terry Brown and Stuart Cash were locked in a transfer tussle over the man they both saw as the ‘biggest ever signing' for their respective clubs.

JUST two weeks ago Terry Brown and Stuart Cash were locked in a transfer tussle over the man they both saw as the ‘biggest ever signing' for their respective clubs.

Now they've both got their man and the joy is for all to see.

Only during a six-and-a-half hour meeting following Brown's appointment from Hayes to Aldershot, did the two managers realise they had been chasing the same man.

Cash looked to have won the battle initially until Brown joined the Shots and the player was left thankful for enjoying the best of both worlds.

After 14 years at having won countless honours at Wycombe Wanderers, Dave Carroll finally signed on the dotted line at Aldershot Town on Wednesday afternoon, aware that both the new gaffer and his assistant are big fans.

Carroll, once described by current Celtic manager Martin O'Neill as ‘one of the most versatile players he'd ever worked with' during his days at Wycombe, is a very experienced player who has won the FA Trophy (with Stuart Cash in 1991), the Conference and promotion from the Nationwide third division.

He has played in near enough every position during his time at Adams Park, winning countless number of Player of the Year awards. He was still an integral part of the squad until Brown and Cash made their recent swoops.

Carroll said: "All good things come to an end and I look forward now to the challenge that Aldershot brings.

"Non-League football is where I came from so it isn't going to be much of a shock to me. I don't see it as a come down at all, just a new start. I was looking to go to a progressive club, somewhere with high targets — Aldershot fits the bill."

Brown said: "I'm delighted to have Dave on board. He's different class at this level. I've been after him at Hayes for two-and-a-half years.

"Dave can bring us three major attributes. Firstly he has a winning mentality which we lack and you must have to win things; secondly, he has experience of a higher level — something which we again lack — and thirdly, he's a really nice man, which is always good for the dressing room."

More signings are around the corner with Brown focusing his attentions now on bringing in two quality, pacy wide players. Two have been identified and negotiations with the respective clubs are on-going.

Brown, has, however, denied rumours linking him to his former Hayes frontman Rocky Baptiste, now of course down the road at Farnborough Town.

Baptiste was a frequent scorer for Brown at Church Road but no contact has been made at either end as yet. Brown said: "Rocky has a very unusual style, one which is very difficult to blend into a new side. He does need to be accommodated but when he was he was an excellent player for me at Hayes."

Elsewhere, Stuart Cash believes that bad boy Mark Graham has been misled by his agent David Bloomfield after losing his appeal against their indefinite suspension.

Graham and Ollie Adedeji appeared before a four-man Ryman League Appeals board last week in separate hearings, after being effectively sacked by the club for fighting each other at Billericay on March 2.

Both lost their appeals but Mr Bloomfield has warned he may consider a further appeal to the Football Association.

Cash said: "I think Mark has been wrongly advised and misled. There's a difference between getting sent off and doing what he and Ollie did. We will not back down but the decision is down to Mark."


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