Thomas Baillie says Tamworth can expect good things from new signings Jack Ryan and Aram Soleman – he’s also explained why Jaanai Gordon has left the club.
The Lambs have added the frontmen as they look to kickstart their juddering opening few weeks of the season.
With Dan Creaney, Tyrell Waite and Dexter Walters all still out of contention, Baillie has welcomed some new additions ahead of the visit of Royston Town.
“Jack Ryan is a classic striker really,” he explained.
“He’s tall, quick and he’s an extremely strong, no-nonsense centre-forward to play against. He will hold the ball up well and bring other people into play – that’s something we’ve missed since Dan Creaney has been injured.
“It’s been massively highlighted in the last few weeks how much we’ve missed Dan. Jack is a similar player to Creaney.
“He’s big, strong and he’ll be a handful to mark so we’re looking forward to seeing him.
“Soleman has got a big bag of tricks. He’s skilful, he can play in numerous positions and he’s got plenty of pace.
“With the likes of Dexter Walters and Tyrell Waite out we do need a couple of options like Soleman who can play on either wing or through the middle.”
Jaanai Gordon is one name leaving the Lamb, signing for league rivals Banbury United.
Baillie says it’s a move that just hasn’t worked for one reason or another – while a handful of other players have been asked to prove themselves.
“We’ve let Jaanai go and we’ve told a couple of players that they’re welcome to stay with us, but they’ve got to prove with us they can be in the squad,” he added.
“Those players we’ve spoken to are still training with us but at the moment, they won’t be in the squad until the time is right.
“I spoke to Jaanai myself. He’s a nice lad and as I put it to him, it just hasn’t worked out. Whether that’s him as an individual or the mix of players around him, it simply hasn’t worked.
“It was better for him to go off and get some more football – probably more football than what we’d be able to give him over the next number of weeks because in that attacking area, he can’t get away from the fact we haven’t done enough.
“We know Jordan Graham and Shaq [McDonald] have come in with some goals. In that front partnership, it just hasn’t worked for Jaanai this season and that’s why we’ve changed it.”
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