CARDS have snapped up striker Dean Morgan a day before the season kicks-off.
Morgan scored twice in a pre-season friendly against West Ham on Tuesday and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Alfreton.
Woking finished off their summer programme with a 3-2 home loss to a Hammers academy side at Kingfield earlier this week.
Garry Hill took his summer trialist tally into double figures as he looks to make further additions to his squad – to follow the arrivals of the likes of new Salisbury duo Theo Lewis and James Clarke – to ‘push on’ from last season’s 9th place finish and Surrey cup win.
Whilst inevitably, some trialists haven’t stayed the course, others have got plenty of pre-season minutes, including: full-back Xabi and midfielder ex-Aston Villa academy midfielder Ebby Nelson-Addy, 21.
Striker Elliot Lee, perhaps the pick of this lively young Hammers team, grabbed a 90th minute winner to quash a spirited late Woking comeback – with two goals in the final ten minutes themselves.
Lee, 19, bagged an impressive hat-trick to take his prolific pre-season goals haul to eight in the process, in front of dad – and former Iron and ex-England International Rob Lee – who was at Kingfield on the night.
Hill, would no doubt love to have a chat with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce about the availability of Lee [Jnr] and some of his academy prospects; five of whom were fresh back from travelling with the first-team squad for their two weekend games against Schalke and Malaga, in Germany.
The boss is optimistic ahead of the season’s start and said: “In the past I think we’ve said rightly that the priority was to get ourselves back and established in the Conference but we’ve got ourselves in a situation now where we’re looking to improve and push on.
“We’ve got from 12th to 9th and we’re looking to improve on our league position and our points tally again.
“I think we’ve shown our intent this year. Where we’ve had loan players come in in the past and do very well for us, we turn our loan players into Woking players now.
“As a football club we are starting to build a certain amount of strength and togetherness and improve the playing squad here at Woking and not worry about getting loan players to the club.”