Essex Senior League: Barkingside boss Michael Walther happy to form link with Barking
PUBLISHED: 16:30 25 July 2017
Cricklefield club have brought in Michael Sherwood from Isthmian North club and more may follow
Barkingside manager Michael Walther is pleased to have struck up a healthy relationship with one of their local rivals.
Side entertain the 2016/17 Essex Senior League champions Barking this evening and have a link with the Blues.
Walther has already loaned Michael Sherwood from the Mayesbrook Park club and more could follow.
He said: “I watched Barking on Friday night against Concord Rangers under-23s and they have some really good players.
“We also have a little bit of a link with them now, so we have got Michael Sherwood with us and we have another called Billy Rix playing for us tonight.
“Barking are going to talk to another player about maybe joining us for the season, so we are giving some of their young players experience.
“It will be interesting to see how they get on against their club this evening and it should be a good match.”
Walther has been busy this summer since being appointed Barkingside manager at the beginning of June.
The former Clapton boss spent most of last season as assistant at Stansted after leaving the Old Spotted Dog in September.
Due to his time at both clubs, Walther has been able to bring plenty of familiar faces into his new club.
“Pre-season has been okay and because I have been at other teams I have a database of players, so that’s been good,” said the Side boss.
“I was confident I could get them to sign for Barkingside and that has made it a lot easier for me.
“We only have one player who was part of the squad from last season and to be honest it would have been nice to keep a few.
“Sometimes players feel they want to try something different, so almost all of them have moved on.
“The good thing for me is that everyone else we have here I have seen before, so I know what to expect from them and have brought them in for a reason.”
Barkingside’s only player from last season to remain at Cricklefield Stadium is forward Jason Fontaine.
Fontaine is also well connected to one of the new additions at the club, so won’t be surrounded by unfamiliar faces.
Walther added: “Jason Fontaine is the only player from last season and I have got Bradley Joseph over as well and they are cousins.
“We have 25 players now and the maximum we had during the summer was 30, so it has been pretty settled.
“We didn’t do any open trials because we didn’t need to. I knew the players I needed and we have got them in.”
Barkingside continued their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Barking tonight at Redbridge Sports Centre (7.15pm kick-off).
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