Canvey Island look to bring in another Arsenal prospect

Josh Vickers excelled at Canvey last season

Josh Vickers excelled at Canvey last season

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DANNY Heale is hoping to loan another bright prospect from Arsenal as he continues to add to his squad for the new season.

The Canvey Island boss is in contact with the current FA-Cup holders regarding the availability of another goalkeeper, following the successful development of Gunners stopper Josh Vickers at The Prospects Stadium last year.

And Heale said he had been keeping in touch with Arsenal since Vickers returned to North London.

“From our point of view it makes perfect sense as the player comes in on a youth loan which frees up our budget to spend on other players. Plus we would be getting a player with very promising prospects,” Heale said.

“Josh (Vickers) did great for us last season and to get another talented young goalkeeper in would be a coup for us.”

Canvey have already added a goalkeeper to their ranks, with ex-Gillingham keeper Sam Baxter joining, after the 19-year-old couldn’t break through to the League One side’s first team.

Heale also believes he has solved Canvey’s goal crisis after adding to his strike force this summer.

The Gulls only scored in only two of their final seven league matches and drew blanks in 16 matches last term, with much of the responsibility falling on the shoulders of John Sands, who netted ten times after an injury-hit season.

Now Heale has brought in two attackers, Anthony Thomas and Victor Osobu, to support Sands and the manager says he still has another front man on his radar.

“Our problem last year was scoring goals,” Heale said. “But now we are in a much stronger position in the final third and I expect us to be more clinical in front of goal.

“Anthony scored 20 goals for Hendon last year and Victor a dozen times for Harrow Borough and, along with John Sands, we are in a very strong position going forward.”

Midfielder Freddie Warren also signed from Barnet, having impressed in his 13 appearances on loan last season.

With his squad shaping up Heale is preparing for another onslaught on the play-offs.

“The play-offs is the aim,” Heale added. “With teams like Margate, Kingstonian and Dulwich Hamlet splashing the money around it makes it difficult for us to compete in financial terms but we will be a match for anyone on the pitch.”

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