Non-league: Bournemouth Poppies favourites have it all to prove at Hamworthy United says boss Graham Kemp

SETTLED SQUAD: Hamworthy United manager Graham Kemp

SETTLED SQUAD: Hamworthy United manager Graham Kemp

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BOSS Graham Kemp has warned prospective Hamworthy United recruits Richard Jackson and Martin Warren that they face a fight to work their way into his plans.

Kemp said he had been approached by long-serving Bournemouth Poppies defender Jackson and Warren, who finished as the Victoria Park club’s joint-top scorer in the league with 13 goals despite ending the campaign with Blackfield & Langley.

However, with 17 of his existing squad already committed to the cause, the County Ground manager insisted any new faces would have to stand out during pre-season to make the cut.

Kemp told the Daily Echo: “I had a chat with those two and told them they would be welcome at pre-season training. They came to me but with most of the squad secured early on we wouldn’t be in a position to offer them much in the way of money.

“It is a good thing because I am a great believer that players need to make the effort to join clubs at this level. I have learned from past experience that you can spend weeks trying to sign a player only to lose them as soon as things go a little bit wrong.

“We will leave the ball in their court and see what comes of it.”

All of the players who helped Hammers finish last season with a flourish have signed on apart from former Wimborne Town midfielder Micky Hubbard.

Kemp added: “After last season, Micky wants to take his time and make the right choice which is understandable.

"He was a bit flat having been at Wimborne and Blackfield and made it clear he didn’t want to become a journeyman.

“I would love him to stay with us but equally, he needs to be somewhere he wants to play.”

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11:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Heathrowboy says...

Neither of these two boys will get picked in front of his buddies.
Neither of these two boys will get picked in front of his buddies. Heathrowboy
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