GIUSEPPE SOLE has delighted Woking fans by putting pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at Kingfield next season.
The record breaking goal-machine described talks as “easy” and says he is looking forward to testing himself at the top level of non-league football once again.
Cards’ prolific forward said: “It’s been a great end to the year and I just really want to try and carry that on into next season.
“The gaffer is trying to keep the majority of the squad, keep the nucleus, and I think if he does that we’ll have a squad that is going to compete next year – I’m really looking forward to it.
“Talks were pretty easy, the gaffer told me what he wanted from me which is pretty much the same as last year.
“We established where my best position is and I think over the last few months I proved exactly where that is. That was about it really – I’m just raring to go for next year.”
Aaron Howe, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths and Ola Sogbanmu have also signed new deals ahead of the club’s return to the Blue Square Premier.
Howe, who enjoyed a fantastic season between the posts at Kingfield, said there was only ever one side in the running for his signature.
The shot-stopper supreme said: “It’s a step up to another league and it never crossed my mind to leave. The gaffer had a few kind words to say about my season but I just want to keep working hard and be playing in the conference next year.
“I think he’s known all along that is where I want to be and that is where I want to be with Woking.”
Howe’s deal was made all the more significant after Andy Little announced his retirement from football, leaving the Cards with just one recognised goalkeeper heading into the summer holiday.
But Woking’s number one isn’t taking his place in the starting XI for granted.
“Garry isn’t the type of person to bring someone in to sit on the bench and whoever he does bring in will be pushing me for the number one spot,” insisted Howe.
“We’ll always have that competition and having that competition brings the best out of anyone, it’s another challenge that I’m looking forward to.”
Re-engagement terms have been offered to Moses Ademola, Paris Cowan-Hall and Joe McNerney whilst Adam Doyle and skipper Mark Ricketts have both pledged their loyalty to the club going forward.
Talks are ongoing with fan favourites Kevin Betsy, Alan Inns and Adam Newton, but Dale Binns, Derek Duncan, Wayne Gray and Elvis Hammond have all been released at the end of their contracts.
Negotiations over Tom Davis’ future are set to continue after his impressive loan stint at Kingfield, with Sole keen to see all of Woking’s loan stars make their stay with the Cards permanent.
“Playing in the conference means a lot of travelling and some people can’t do that which is fair enough. But Garry has a lot of experience in the conference and knows a lot of players so I’m sure he’ll get quality replacements in.
“As you saw last year the loan signings the manager brought in like Kevin Betsy and Tom Davis were fantastic. Hopefully they’ll get signed on along with Keiran Murtagh and I’m sure we’ll have a squad that is going to compete next year.”
It also emerged this week that midfield general Jack King is in talks with Football League club Preston North End about a possible switch to League One.