The club are keen to keep supporters updated whenever possible and we understand that updates on First Team matters are paramount for many in the supporter base. As most will be aware, BTFC are in a transitional phase and do not have the luxury of the levels of funding we’ve become accustomed to in the recent past – however we firmly believe that will change once the community club project truly takes hold. For now however, we need to work within the constraints of our current financial standing.
With all that said, we are delighted to be able to announce that twelve players have agreed deals to play for the club this season, as Terry Brown starts to build his squad for the upcoming Evo-Stik Southern Premier League campaign.
The following players have signed to date:
Dan Bayliss is a central defender and joins the club from Hellenic League Premier Division side Flackwell Heath FC. During a successful season last year, he was selected for the England u18’s schoolboys team while helping his club team to 3rd place in their step 6 league. Confident and adept with the ball at feet, he has already made several appearances for club during the pre-season, playing on the left side of three man back line, turning in some impressive performances.
George Bennett returns for his second full season in the first team after being a regular in the side last season at a number of different positions. After starting the season in the centre of the midfield, he moved to left back, growing into the role and making the left side his own once Basingstoke switched to a back three.
George Bennett is currently sponsored by the Basingstoke Town Supporters Club.
Jordan Goater is a left sided player who was with Farnborough last season, while also spending time with Badshot Lea, Cove and Guildford City. Just short of his 17th birthday, he is known for his speed and work rate getting up and down his wing. He was formerly on the books of Reading, Swindon, Fulham and Wycombe.
Shane Hollamby has signed for Basingstoke after five years with Hartley Wintney culminating in last season’s promotion. Capable of excellent distribution in setting up attacks from the back.
Last season’s top scorer will be hoping to repeat the achievement in 2017/18 after marking his first season in the first team with 17 goals, cementing his place as the first choice forward with some impressive displays after a tough start to the year. A graduate of the Basingstoke Academy, he will be looking to continue on the improvement he showed over the course of the last season.
Charlie Kennedy returns to the fold once more looking to stamp his authority onto the Basingstoke midfield with more tough tackling, committed performances. Never afraid to get stuck in, his gritty style earned him plenty of time on the field at both the centre of defence and a defensive midfield position as he made his mark by breaking up attacks after signing from Barnet last summer.
Harry Long has earned himself a place in the senior squad after making 23 appearances for the Academy team in the Under 19’s league last season and will be aiming to replicate those minutes with the first team.
Another player, newly promoted to the first team, Charlie McCann gave fans a glimpse of what he is capable of with his performances in the centre of midfield throughout pre-season, looking composed in possession and showing a good eye for a pass.
Charlie McCann is currently sponsored by Michaela Knight.
Kieran Rodgers comes into the senior team with fresh from a season which saw him plunder a total of 21 goals in all competitions, including 18 in the league, more than any other Academy player. Fans were treated to a brief show of the striker’s talents during the second half of the friendly match at Alton that opened Basingstoke’s pre-season schedule.
Will Shaw is back, hoping to improve again upon last season which saw him make his breakthrough into the first team on the right wing with several appearances over the second half of the season, mostly off the bench.
A diminutive attacking midfielder, Sam Smart makes up for his size with good pace, always looking to stretch the defence by running in behind. He signs after some impressive performances throughout pre-season, including a brace in a 45 minute outing at Alton.
A familiar name to Basingstoke fans, Ben Wright is back at the club after three years away, most recently with Southern League Premier newcomers Gosport Borough in the National League South last season. He will be aiming to be the main man for Basingstoke this season and help fire the club up the league table with his goals.
Ben Wright is currently being sponsored by Jon French.
Ashleigh Artwell has given Basingstoke a big boost by agreeing a deal to return for the 2017/18 season. The speedy winger possesses dazzling footwork, regularly leaving opponents trailing in his wake whether on the left wing or right. He showed his talents last season, returning from a significant injury to chip in with seven goals in total in the second half of the year. He will be just as vital this time around, hoping to weigh in with his fair share of goals while causing plenty of problems for opposition defences.
Another key man last season, Sam Deadfield is back again to provide a creative presence in the middle of the park. After scoring seven goals last season while also at the forefront of the club’s assists chart from midfield, Basingstoke will be relying on him to have another big impact both scoring and providing goals for the forwards while also being key to the style of football Terry Brown wants his side to play.
Marcus Johnson-Schuster returns for the season after a strong first year for the club following his release from Barnet. A pacy full back with a good engine, he is always able to get up and down the pitch and is comfortable defending and attacking as shown by his performances in a wing back role while scoring twice last season. He will be another key player heading into the season and took over the captain’s armband in pre-season after the departure of former skipper David Ray.
Colm McAdden signs up after establishing himself as the new number one throughout pre-season after the departure of previous goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk. After spending time on the books of Crystal Palace, he joined on trial and impressed enough to earn himself a deal for the season.
Like Cameron Green, Conor Davis also signs on loan for one month from Reading. A versatile forward who can play on the right or behind the striker as well as his natural position up front, he is another of their talented Under-23 side and will be looking to make his mark in senior football with Basingstoke after time on loan at Enfield Town and Didcot Town last season.
Midfielder Cameron Green signs on a one month loan deal from Championship club Reading, subject to FA approval. The left sided player, who can also play in defence, follows in the footsteps of several other Royals youngsters to make the temporary switch to the Camrose. After leaving Met Police youth ranks he signed on a scholarship deal and has recently graduated from the Under-18’s to the Under 23’s at Reading.
Versatile midfielder Michael Atkinson is the latest player to sign up for 2017/18. A reliable player in a number of positions, he showed his worth last season playing right across the midfield and even at wing back while also chipping in with a goal in the home game against Dunstable. His signing is a big boost for the team and his experience gained last season as well as his ability to cover a number of positions will be invaluable to a small, young squad.
Tim Wohlfiel signs for the club on non-contract terms. He is a talented 20 year old full back who is also capable of playing in midfield. After graduating from the FAB Academy, he spent two years at Beaconsfield SYCOB before moving to Chesham United and then signing for Basingstoke. He will be available to potentially make his debut against his former team on Saturday.
Jack McKnight has signed on non-contract terms for Basingstoke after spending the last two years as a regular for Southern League division 1 side Beaconsfield SYCOB who he joined after receiving his footballing education and the FAB Academy along with Tim Wohlfiel. He is a 20 year old midfielder and will be available for selection for the first time against Chesham United on Saturday.
As mentioned at the top of this article, the club will endeavour to keep fans as up to date as possible as/when new players are signed – updates will be provided as addendums to this post, which will remain on the web site home page until the squad is settled for the 2017/18 season.