Woking sign striker Ivey-Ward

Woking have today signed ex-MK Dons forward Jordan Ivey-Ward.

Ivey-Ward featured in the Conference last season for Tamworth making 5 substitute  appearances.

The 19-year-old spent the end of last season playing for Kettering Town and can also play centre back as well as centre forward.


More to follow…


Audio interview part 2 – Woking fan Will Stanning looks ahead to the new season

I caught up with Woking fan, Will Stanning @WillStan , before the season’s opening fixture to get his pre-season thoughts.


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Woking’s Budget To Remain The Same – Hill

Woking manager Garry Hill has revealed that there will be no change in the playing budget with the new season approaching.

After an impressive 12th place finish last season the Cards boss declared that he was is looking forward to the challenge of working with one of the smaller budgets in the league.

Hill told BBC Surrey:

“Any football manager at any level wants a little bit more (money) to work with but it’s not to be.

“The average budget in the conference is £600,000 and there are six to eight clubs in the league with budgets of a million pounds plus. Our budget is £300,000 and we are part time playing against 16 full-time clubs. I’m aware of that and so is Steve Thompson and we will get on with it, we find it more of a challenge.”

Hill also confirmed that a deal was offered to Bradley Bubb, who spent last season on loan at Kingfield from Aldershot Town, but it was turned down by the striker.

“Bradley Bubb was offered a contract six weeks ago by myself but that was the end of it, it didn’t really appeal to him.”

After turning Woking down, 26-year-old Bubb signed for Belgian side Royal Antwerp. The Belgian second division side have close links to Manchester United which has seen the likes of Ryan Shawcross, Jonny Evans and John O’Shea feature for the side now managed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.


What we can expect from Josh Payne

Following the signing of Josh Payne I talked to a @LewATFC, a fan of his previous club, Aldershot Town, about what we can expect from the new arrival.

Q. What position/positions did he play Aldershot Town?

A. Josh mainly played in a central midfield role, he can be deployed in a holding role or an attacking style midfielder. Payne is much better in the holding/defensive midfielder role, and he displayed glimpses of that while at Aldershot. Keep it in mind that he only played twenty-three games plus nine substitute appearances for us and from the other six clubs [West Ham, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Wycombe, Doncaster and Oxford) he has played for in his young career, only with Oxford did he make near to the number here at Aldershot (25 appearances).

Q. What are his strengths and weaknesses?

A. His key attributes, from what I’ve seen would be his passing. He can certainly play the ball well in the air and on the ground, pin-pointing passes as he goes on a run. I think passing would be one of his best strengths. Another strength is his composure on the ball, he doesn’t panic; calm unless aggravated (as you will find out shortly) He could easily go on a short run and shrug off other midfielders and defenders before playing the simple, easy ball to another player.

So add strength to that list too. Josh is only 22-years old and people forget he is that young, developing and always learning. He has quite a few weaknesses, however I am almost certain this experience will put some of them to bed. Firstly, his temperament (before his prison sentence) was appalling, you could possibly compare him to Joey Barton – as I said he will definitely come out of prison as a changed man. Some of this could have been down to playing while having the court case on his mind. One of the first few games of the season, he was red carded in a woeful 4-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town. It was one of the first games he played but we didn’t know about ‘that’ incident. He’s paid for his stupidity, now he can get his career back on track with Woking and be the young prospect who has been touted by numerous managers many times.

Q. Was Josh a regular player for Aldershot or was he used as a squad rotation player?

A. When he joined in January 2011, he was a regular on the team sheet. The new season (2012/13) came and during the summer ‘that’ incident occurred and either Dean Holdsworth, the manager at the time, didn’t think it was right to play him with that hanging over his head or Josh said something himself but it was evident after the first few games he played in that something was up. He then became a squad rotation player, then a back-up.

Q. Bearing in mind he has dropped down a league, do you think he could be a successful player?

A. 100%, he could be a regular starter in a team like AFC Wimbledon in League Two. In my opinion he has dropped a level and joined Woking to get his career back on track and will probably find a League Two team next summer, if not in January and please take that lightly – he is a really good player, who many thought would walk straight back into that league.

Q. Were you sad to see Josh leave the club last season?

A. Yes and no. I really liked what he had to offer and you could clearly see he was a talent. On the contrary his attitude was rotten and many including myself, were disappointed after his sentencing and probably wouldn’t care if he never stepped foot in Aldershot ever again but upon his release from prison and in that same week he released a statement and an interview with 96.4 Eagle Radio apologizing to the Aldershot faithful. Throughout the interview he was remorse and clearly exposed repent. After this, our opinions changed, We’d take him back in a heartbeat – given our current situation. There are far worse cases involving other Football League players compared to what Josh did.

Q. Do you think he will relish playing against Aldershot this season after his contract was terminated by yourselves?

A. I wouldn’t say relish, in his interview he understood why his contract was terminated – Who would want a player who has been put in prison representing a club? Not only would it tarnish a club’s reputation it would destroy it. Maybe at first he was angry about the termination of his contract but after six months of thinking time, he accepts what Aldershot Town had to do and knows it was his fault. I also think Josh will love to be back playing again and will really enjoy playing us, for good reasons not bad ones.

 I am happy that he has found a club and wish him all the best. Good Luck Josh and Woking for next season.


Payne Signs For The Cards

Woking have today confirmed the signing of 22-year-old midfielder, Josh Payne.

Payne, who started his youth career at Portsmouth, signed his first professional contract with West Ham United in 2008 and was named the captain of the Under 18 team for that season but was quickly loaned out to Cheltenham Town for first team experience.

The Midfielder had loan spells with Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers before signing for Oxford United in 2010. During his spell at The Kassam Stadium he scored one goal in 34 appearances before joining Aldershot Town in the January of 2012.

Payne made 26 appearances for The Shots and scored two goals before his contract was terminated following an incident in a nightclub.


Captain among players that receive new deals

Woking have today confirmed that 12 players have now agreed terms for the forthcoming 2013/14 season.

Manager Garry Hill is yet to bring any new players to the club since guiding Woking to 12th place finish last season but has confirmed that key players have signed new deals to stay at the club.

A number of experienced players who impressed last season have been given new deals and this includes captain Mark Ricketts, John Nutter and Adam Newton.

Striker Giuseppe Sole missed the majority of last season after picking up a serious injury during the second game of the season but has also put pen to paper and is expected to be fit for pre-season.

Full list – Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Brett Johnson, Jack Parkinson, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, Lee Sawyer, John Nutter, Kevin Betsy, Mark Ricketts, Giuseppe Sole and George Frith.


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