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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Wells Transfer Links Grow

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Huddersfield Town have already begun their summer business, with Rajiv van La Parra set to join on a permanent deal, plus free transfers Michael Hefele and Chris Lowe due to arrive on July 1st, write Alexander Porter from the Examiner.

However a buzz is still hovering overhead of the club as Newcastle have quietly joined the race of looking at taking Bermudian Nahki Wells off their hands.

It's no secret Reading supporters see Nahki as the ideal solution to their scoring woes, and last week the Birmingham Mail and the Newcastle Chronicle named dropped the Town frontman as someone that the recently-relegated Aston Villa or Newcastle United should target as the man to make the difference in their quest to regain the top flight at the first attempt.

As a result of that, chatter appears on forums and social media networks.

But Town are under no pressure to sell their star assets to fund incoming transfers. Any move would have to be on the club's terms.

But honestly, it would be more of a surprise if rival fans and local media outlets weren't taking a closer look at Wells.

His 18 goals last term made him the club's top scorer, and his 17 strikes in the league ensured he finished as joint 5th in the Championship's ranking.

Of those above him, two reached the play-offs and one (Ross McCormack) commanded an £11m fee.

Given he was leading a team that finished 19th, Nahki's achievements in outscoring the likes of Jordan Rhodes and Fernando Forestieri only look more impressive.

He deservedly took home the Players' Player of the Year and Hargreaves Memorial Player of the Year at the end-of season awards do.

This 'League One striker' has proved one of the deadliest in England's second tier.

He's bound to be attracting admiring glances - strikers are the sport's most precious commodity.

But that means little unless a club shows genuine, concrete interest in prizing him away from the John Smith's Stadium.

Even then, the price has to be right.

It's inevitable Wells will pick up a few column inches this summer.

But Town fans shouldn't press the panic button yet.
Monday, May 23, 2016
PHC Coach Wade Resigns - Morton Takes Over

Morton will look to continue Wade's Development
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Following a meeting already scheduled for this evening, Michael Trott the Pembroke Hamilton Club Vice President & Sports Director released the following statement following the resignation of Mark Wade.

Last week www.islandstats.com asked PHC for a statement regarding the resignation of Wade and we were told that a statement was forthcoming.

Trott’s statement reads, “The Pembroke Hamilton Club (PHC) is excited to announce the appointment of Scott Morton as the new Head Coach for our Senior football team. Morton has a wealth of experience, having coached at North Village Community Club and Western Stars Community Club and has led his teams to multiple winning seasons spanning from 2000-2009.

He is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will enable the continued development of the senior team from the exiting Coach, Mark Wade.

The Pembroke Hamilton Club Executive wish to take this opportunity to thank Wade for his dedication, loyalty and services provided and we will support his future endeavors.”

www.islandstats.com asked Wade for a quote from a few questions.

Q. What would you say contributed to your decision to step down?

A. I advised the Vice President, Michael Trott, at the beginning of the season that this would be my last season coaching at PHC. I felt now based on the evolution of the club, the team and players that now was a good time to bring someone else in with a fresh perspective to continue to positive changes within the team.

Q. Looking back at your time in charge is there something you would want to do different?

A. I don't think I would do anything differently any mistakes are learning opportunities so I am proud of my work at PHC. My goal when I started was to change the club to a more modern way of playing the game. Argentina is my world cup team! That should say it all. The direct style of play was part of the PHC culture from top to bottom. Changing that culture is 14 years in the making and there is still some work to be done. We have just updated our Curriculum & Syllabus to aid in the renaissance and the club is poised for continued success. I am happy to have been at the forefront of that renaissance.

Q. You had several players abroad in school during your time incharge and they are now starting to return, do you feel the time is right for a new coach with such talent available on a weekly basis?

A. Education is a large part of PHC youth program. The education program and PHC foundation Scholarship is the corner stone of what we do. It was very tempting to stay and coach players who I have seen enter the program at 4 years old. They are a quality bunch of players on and off the field and there are more to come. However, the senior program is in a very good space right now. Arguably a good time to pass the senior team on to another capable coach. Scott Morton ticked all the boxes for us. Mike and I were impressed with him from our first meeting. And I was well aware of all of the qualities he brings to the senor coach role.

Q. Are you looking more on the administration side of things now such as a possible run for the Presidency of the Bermuda Football Association?

A. Nice try.... Who knows what the future holds :>)
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Parfitt-Williams Could Possibly Play in Europe Again

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Djair Parfitt-Williams may get another shot of European Football as West Ham United have qualified for the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, bringing European football to their stunning new Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Slaven Bilic’s side will kick-off their continental challenge with a first-leg tie on Thursday July 28th, with the return leg to be played on Thursday August 4th. The draw to discover the opposition will be made on Friday July 15th.

Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold welcomed the Club’s qualification at the end of a record-breaking Barclays Premier League season which saw West Ham United finish seventh with an all-time high 62 points

“A place in Europe is just reward for the highest points total achieved by West Ham United in the Premier League, and a season full of excellent performances,” said the Joint-Chairmen. “We look forward to starting this exciting new era for the Club as we mean to go on, by competing in Europe.”

West Ham will formally open the Club’s new 60,000-capacity Stratford Stadium with an opening ceremony celebration marking the Betway Cup visit of Italian champions Juventus on Sunday August 7th at 1pm. Tickets for this fixture are on sale to Season Ticket Holders and Members here.

The Joint Chairmen added: “We said farewell to the Boleyn Ground with a thrilling match and a magnificent atmosphere under the lights. Our game against Juventus remains the official opening of our iconic new Stadium but a European qualification game will be the perfect preparation for that.”
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Lambe Offered A New Mansfield Town Contract

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Reggie Lambe has been offered a new contract at Mansfield Town as the club confirmed their retained list following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season.

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR 2016-17:
James, Baxendale, Mal Benning, Adam Chapman, Lee Collins, Matt Green, Brian Jensen, Jason Law, Jamie McGuire, Krystian Pearce, Mitchell Rose, Jack Thomas

FIRST TEAM PLAYERS OFFERED NEW CONTRACTS:
Matty Blair, Chris Clements, Reggie Lambe, Ryan Tafazolli

OPTIONS OF RE-ENGAGEMENT ACTIVATED IN CONTRACT:
Scott Shearer, Corbin Shires, Adi Yussuf

PLAYERS OFFERED U21 DEALS:
Tyler Blake, Adam Bishop, Louis Danquah, Joe Fitzpatrick

PLAYERS NOT OFFERED NEW CONTRACTS AND ARE RELEASED:
Chris Beardsley, Anthony Dwyer, Liam Marsden, Craig Westcarr

LOAN PLAYERS WHO HAVE RETURNED TO PARENT CLUBS:
Daniel Alfei, Colin Daniel, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Sean Kavanagh

Manager Adam Murray said, "We fully understand that we're dealing with people's lives and futures so it was important that we conducted our business in a proper and professional manner."

He added: "We've managed to secure the core of the squad from last season.

"The 12 months that these boys have already had together will be worth its weight in gold, so to get the majority of them re-signed is a massive bonus. It allows our planning to be more specific and structured.

"We're looking to add a little extra quality now to take us to the next level because we want to progress again."
Friday, May 20, 2016
Smith Signs with Welling United
Mark Goldberg has added 21 year old Bermuda international striker Jonte Smith to his squad.

The striker penned a deal with the Wings for next season on the back of a fine spell at Lewes. Smith trained with the Wings last season and joins on a permanent basis after signing today.

Jonte has appeared a number of times for Bermuda as a full international, he scored his first international goal for Bermuda away at Cuba in March this year, and has scored regularly for Met Police (24 goals in 19) games and PS Kemi Kings in Finland (22 goals in 28 games).

At Lewes last season Smith scored an impressive 10 goals in 15 games.

Welcome to Park View Road Jonte
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