Hertford Town have again signalled their intent ahead of the new Spartan League, premier division season with the signing of a goalkeeper with plenty of Ryman League experience.After bringing in 43-goal striker Anthony Anstead in recent weeks, Blues boss Marvin Samuel has now secured the services of former Waltham Abbey and Ware keeper Harry Ricketts. The experienced stopper has been playing higher up the footballing levels in recent years, but after a break from the game is ready to join the squad at Hertingfordbury Park.
“We have signed a very experienced goalkeeper in Harry Ricketts,” Samuel told the Mercury.
“Harry is a keeper with Ryman premier experience with Waltham Abbey and after a year away from football due to other commitments, he is ready to get back into action.”
After last season’s disappointing flirtation with the drop, Hertford’s expectations look set to be raised much higher with their impressive early acquisitions, with the likelihood of more to come as Samuel aims to bulk up the paper-thin squad that struggled last season in the league with numerous injuries and unavailabilty.
Behind the scenes, Hertford have also been working hard on bolstering their youth section, taking advantage of recent changes at local rivals Ware, who are implementing a brand new academy set-up.
Samuel revealed that talks are at an advanced stage for youth coach Martin Gutteridge and his assistant Steve Francis to make the switch across to Hertford.
“Due to the hard work of (Hertford Town committee member) Mike Lewis we have been able to enter talks with Martin Gutteridge and his management team at Ware,” said Samuel.
“This is a massive coup for the club. Not only will we get the services of a proven, successful youth team manager, we also get the mixture of Ware’s successful U-17 and U-18 teams joining Hertford Town’s football structure.
“This is a team that won the Mid Herts Rural Minors League and league cup last season.
“The team will be coming in to form our U-21 team, with the best players pushing into the first team. With this we will attract the best local talent to represent the town.
“As a club we are finally coming together, working closely over the summer to drive Hertford forward.”
Rumours are bound that Harry’s song from the Stable End will be to the tune of 10cc’s 1978 summer hit, Dreadlock Holiday.