Optimism on the up at Welwyn Garden City as club secure more big signings

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 20 November 2018

WGC V Coleshill Town - Stuart Zanone in action for Welwyn Garden City.


Picture : Karyn Haddon.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Stuart Zanone in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

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Adam Fisher believes Welwyn Garden City are now at the stage where they can attract players with star power – and that should put them exactly where they want to be.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Welwyn Garden City's Jay Rolfe. 


Picture : Karyn Haddon.WGC V Coleshill Town - Welwyn Garden City's Jay Rolfe. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

The Citizens brought in Stuart Zanone a few weeks ago and the striker, a legend in Kent football, has already paid the team back with four goals in his five competitive starts.

But the City boss has not stopped there and last week added the undoubted talents of former St Albans City and Harpenden Town midfielder David Keenleyside to the ranks.

And as if that wasn’t enough, a further signing is expected at Herns Lane later this week.

And Fisher admits he is delighted with the way his squad is shaping up.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Danny May in action for Welwyn Garden City.


Picture : Karyn Haddon.WGC V Coleshill Town - Danny May in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

He said: “There’s competition for places now as it has always been. We haven’t got a reserve squad so we need a strong squad.

“It’s great that the club can now attract those type of players.

“But it is still about building this year and then improving again next.”

The plan at the start of WGC’s first season at step four was to finish mid-table and push on in season two, with the prospect of bigger and better names arriving on the back of that.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Jon Clements in action for Welwyn Garden City.


Picture : Karyn Haddon.WGC V Coleshill Town - Jon Clements in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

But the acquisitions of Keenleyside and Zanone give the indication that they are ahead of schedule.

He said: “I watched Stu just after the season started and he looked like someone we could do with.

“He’s a natural goalscorer and he’s made a big difference as he gives us a focal point to hit.

“He’s come in and settled really well. He’s doing what he was brought in the team to do and he’s experienced at this level.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Jay Rolfe in action for Welwyn Garden City. 


Picture : Karyn Haddon.WGC V Coleshill Town - Jay Rolfe in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

“Dave Keenleyside is a player I spoke to in the summer. He decided to join Hertford but over the last couple of weeks we got the idea that he wasn’t overly happy.

“So we spoke to him and he was keen to come over.

“And I think he would have made a big difference against Coleshill.

“One of the reasons for him to come in is to unlock defences when it is tight but on Saturday we needed someone to keep the ball better.

WGC V Coleshill Town - Stuart Zanone in action for Welwyn Garden City.


Picture : Karyn Haddon.WGC V Coleshill Town - Stuart Zanone in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture : Karyn Haddon.

“When you’re ahead you can give it to him and he will look after it.”

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