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POTENTIAL - Hill has secured the services of Brett Williams on loan

POTENTIAL – Hill has secured the services of Brett Williams on loan

GARRY HILL has snapped up nomadic midfielder Dean Sinclair just a day after announcing that Reading forward Brett Williams had joined the club on loan.

Sinclair will get a crack at the Blue Square Premier after impressing Hill and assistant Steve Thompson during his trial at Kingfield.

The versatile 27-year-old started his career with Norwich before going on to score 19 goals in 125 appearances for Barnet.

He secured a switch to Charlton in 2007 but spent much of his four year stay at the Valley on loan at either Cheltenham or Grimsby.

Sinclair dropped into non-league football with Arlesey Town in 2011 but was picked up by Hayes & Yeading and then Lowestoft Town before Hill offered him the chance to make his mark at Kingfield.

The Cards chief also adds hot propspect Williams to his attacking arsenal after finalising a long-term loan deal for the striker.

Williams – who led the line in the 2-1 win over Aldershot on Saturday – came through the ranks at Eastleigh before sealing a switch to the Madjeski in January 2011.

He found the net twice whilst on loan with Rotherham last season before finishing the campaign with three goals in 18 appearances for League Two Northampton.

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DELIGHTED - Garry Hill with Steve Thompson

DELIGHTED – Garry Hill with Steve Thompson

GARRY HILL has expressed his delight at securing the services of Mike Cestor and Lee Sawyer.

The duo were unveiled by the club ahead of Saturday’s pre-season clash with a QPR select XI at Kingfield.

Cestor, 20, joins the club on a permanent basis having played a leading role in Woking’s title-winning season last term.

While Sawyer, 22, offers a wealth of potential having learnt his trade at Chelsea before enjoying spells with Wycombe, Barnet and Southend.

With a little under four weeks to go until the opening day trip to Wrexham, Hill spoke with pride at how Woking’s pre-season has unfolded thus far.

Everyone is walking around excited about the future and that makes me very proud as a manager

He said: “On and off the pitch the club is making great strides and that is down to the hard work from the boardroom down to the fans.

“We are trying to fetch back the days of brightness at Woking and our intentions are to bring stability and structure to Kingfield.

“A certain amount of players have departed over the summer months, some through work commitments whilst others have chased opportunities elsewhere.

“With Jack King heading to Preston and Paris Cowan-Hall moving to Plymouth we’ve had to start to plan for the future and build going forward. We’ve been very happy with the signings we’ve made so far.

“Lee and Mike add to Loick, Brett and Jack, and as you can see we are trying to build a young, hungry side who are committed to this club for the right reasons.

“That means they want to play for Woking Football Club with the view of progressing in their own careers in the Blue Square Premier.

“I don’t like to comment on previous managers or players but myself and Steve Thompson and the directors are trying to install a professional approach at the football club.

“We are fully aware of our position financially and that we are in a building process at the moment.

“We’ve all got our heads down on the pitch and we are all smiling off of it – there is certainly a buzz around the football club right now.

“Everyone is walking around excited about the future and that makes me very proud as a manager.”

Though Hill admitted his midfield and attacking options needed greater depth, he conceded that the acquisition of Cestor had all but completed his defensive jigsaw.

“Mike came here on loan from Leyton Orient and enjoyed his time with Woking. On and off the field he played his part and was made very welcome at the club, without a doubt he is a player we have bee monitoring over the summer months.

“Steve Thompson has been in contact with him quite a bit and I’m delighted that Mike enjoyed his stay and I think the brand of football played in the Blue Square Premier excited him.

“He knows the surroundings, gives us options with his mobility, he’s at the right age and he is definitely going to be an asset to the club going forward.”

Sawyer is the first Woking trialist to land a contract and his new manager believes he has all attributes to become a fan favourite.

“I think Lee has a great deal of potential. He’s a player that likes to get on the ball and express himself in the right areas of the field and he gives us a little bit of creativity up the pitch.

“At 22, he’s had a very good upbringing starting at Chelsea before playing in the Football League for Wycombe, Barnet and Southend – there is quality behind the lad’s development.

“Lee has had to weigh his options up and after a meeting and a chat after Crawley and I believe he’ll play a big part in the next few months and into the new season.”

PATIENT - Garry Hill is willing to bide his time in the transfer market

PATIENT – Garry Hill is willing to bide his time in the transfer market

GARRY HILL does not predict any new signings to be unveiled at Kingfield until after the squad reports back for pre-season training.

Hill’s champions are still some way short of a full pack with only 13 players registered with Woking ahead of the club’s return to the Blue Square Premier.

And after completing an incredible hat trick of Blue Square South manager of the season awards, Hill confessed he didn’t expect much transfer activity before the players report for duty on July 2.

He said: “One or two could happen before then but I’m more interested in having my squad ready for the first league game in August.

We’ll pick and choose what is right for our football club, affordable for our football club but the players have got to want to come to Woking for the right reasons – that is very important to me

“What I’ve found out at the present time is that a lot of the players we are trying to fetch in and get on board want full-time football – and if they want full-time football they ask for full-time wages.

“There are only so many players who can get full-time football and I think the middle of July is when players go back to their clubs or go on trial looking for it somewhere else.

“When that doesn’t happen it becomes more of a level playing field where part-time clubs in the conference get a better opportunity.

“I’ve had some figures come back and I don’t think some football players really understand how hard it is out there. Some think the rules apply to everybody else but not them.

“We’ll pick and choose what is right for our football club, affordable for our football club, but the players have got to want to come to Woking for the right reasons – that is very important to me.”

Hill completed his amazing hat trick of manager of the season awards after leading Cards back to the top flight of non-league football following a three-year absence.

He was previously awarded the top honour with Dagenham & Redbridge in 2000 and with Weymouth six years later.

“I feel very proud,” said Hill. “I think someone said I was the first person to win it three times which makes it even more satisfying from that point of view but it’s a team award after the hard work from my staff and everybody at the club.

“Certainly the players and the fans who supported the club and played their part – I’m very pleased to pick up the award again.”

And there was more joy for the Woking boss as Alan Inns, Jack King, Giuseppe Sole, and new boys Loick Pires and Jack Parkinson all made the Blue Square South team of the year.

“There are five Woking players – past and present – in the team and they’ve got noticed for the right reasons.

“Of course I’m very pleased about it and even more so with our two new signings who were in the team with Welling.”