Boreham Wood manager Ian Allinson says he is targeting another striker and a centre-back as he seeks to improve his squad

Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson is keen to add a striker and a centre-back to his squad.

Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson is keen to add a striker and a centre-back to his squad.

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Boreham Wood manager Ian Allinson says he is looking to add another striker and another centre-back to his squad but will not risk the club’s financial future doing so.

The Wood boss has already made two forays into the transfer market this summer, signing Chesham United midfielder Scott Thomas and re-signing Lee Angol on loan from Luton Town following a loan spell last season.

Speaking to the club’s website, Allinson, pictured, said: “I feel the midfield is nearly settled but we are on the lookout for another striker and perhaps another centre back as cover for Josh Hill and Callum Reynolds.

“Also, I may need another full-back as we lose Ben Nunn for a few months and unfortunately Mark Jones has work commitments that will take precedent over his football career.

“In Luke Garrard, I have one of the best right backs in the division but playing him there would leave a space in front of the defence,” explained Allinson.

For Allinson, being able to keep a significant proportion of last season’s squad in place has been as important as new additions.

He said: “We did excellent business at the end of last season offering contracts to the squad that we wanted to retain, that was when most of the hard work was done.

“With three more additions we hope to compete for a play-off place, if not top eight no question.”

One stumbling block for Allinson has been competing financially with Conference South sides who are willing to spend big in pursuit of new players – something the former Arsenal midfielder says the Wood will not be dragged into doing.

“We have spoken to five or six players in the close season that I would have thought we had a good chance of offering a contract to. Then they come back with ‘sorry, I am off to such-and-such a club’ in our league, purely for a higher salary.

“With our set-up, new stand and training facilities now second to none, we still have to operate with a small fan base but I have a strict budget and I need to stick to it. That is the way we have to do business at Boreham Wood Football Club.

“We will never go down the road of so many sides recently, who end up on the scrap heap blaming others for their financial difficulties,” lamented Allinson.

Away from the field, Boreham Wood have extended their partnership with Barnet and Southgate College for a further three years.

Wood chairman Danny Hunter told the club’s website: “For us to get a three-year partnership extension from Barnet and Southgate College and to be able to continue our positive work with them really is fantastic news.

“It gives me hope that we can now explore all manner of opportunities and if that ultimately leads to our PASE Schemes continued progress and local young people getting a chance to experience further education, while not having to travel out of the area, then it’s a win-win situation.”

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