Deanus looking to further strengthen Welwyn Garden City squad

PUBLISHED: 13:40 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Denis Maharjan celebrates scoring for Leyton against Potters Bar in the Ryman League

Denis Maharjan celebrates scoring for Leyton against Potters Bar in the Ryman League

WELWYN Garden City boss Del Deanus is looking forward to having even more options on the playing side with at least three names expected to be pushing for the first team over the coming weeks. Former Edgware man and goalscoring midfielder Richard Morton

City boss Del Deanus

WELWYN Garden City boss Del Deanus is looking forward to having even more options on the playing side with at least three names expected to be pushing for the first team over the coming weeks.

Former Edgware man and goalscoring midfielder Richard Morton is set to step up his training and could be named on the bench for Saturday's game against St Margaretsbury.

And with Denis Maharjan set to train with the club this Thursday and Adam Wallace ready to sign-on, the squad at Herns Lane has never looked so strong.

Deanus said: "Morts (Richard Morton) hasn't played for a season, so we will give him 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there and build his fitness up.

"With Denis (Maharjan) and Adam (Wallace) it's a case of getting them back into it slowly, and get them back into enjoying their football.

"We are certainly going to get stronger in the next few weeks, but we won't be rushing the new players in."

The Citizens will be looking for a profitable 2009 after a turbulent year just passed.

But the 3-1 victory against high-fliers Langford ensured 2008 ended on a high.

"I was away for the game, but I spoke to Morts and he said the boys had done really well, and deserved to win the game," added manager Deanus.

"It was a backs-to-the-wall job just to get a team out for the game, and I didn't really expect to get anything out of it, so I am delighted with how it went.

"Without four or five regulars we beat one of the so-called better sides in the league which shows how good we can be."

With the club set to begin development of the ground to tie in with the new FA guidelines, it's an exciting time and there is an air of optimism around Herns Lane at the moment.

Deanus added: "The board have promised that it will get done, and if it does, it will be all systems go for next season.

"We want to mount a title challenge next season, so the work really has to get done.

"I am hopeful and confident that the work will be carried out if everyone gets together and I am optimistic going forward."

Top scorer Stuart Blackburne is expected to feature for Saturday's game against St Margaretsbury after injury, and with the festive period now over, Deanus should welcome back a few regulars.

The Citizens' match against Biggleswade United last night (Tuesday) was postponed.

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