May 18 2012 By Matt Lewis
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NAS BASHIR’S rebuilding project stepped up a gear this week as the Hayes & Yeading boss ran the rule over 24 potential new recruits.
United hosted a trial game on Wednesday as they prepare for life in the Blue Square South and invited players from nine different clubs to test themselves.
Bashir has already tied up a deal to keep hold of club record appearance holder Tom Cadmore and has Luke Williams under contract for the coming season.
The United boss has invited Pele, Dan Spence and Yassin Moutaouakil back to the club on non-contract terms and is in talks with Dan Wishart about a deal.
Bashir is looking to keep the nucleus of last year’s squad intact by retaining these players and was using the trial game as a chance to supplement the group.
“Some of the players I already know and it’s just about putting the jigsaw together,” said the Hayes & Yeading manager.
“There is a couple from Reading and Watford, some from Crystal Palace, Charlton, Oxford and more. They’re mostly first and second-year professionals.
“Most of the older players we’ve identified will come into us in pre-season but with the younger ones we need to get in quick before it becomes a bidding war."
Keeper Steve Arnold, who was on loan at Kingfield last term, has been released from Wycombe and is another player on the ex-Reading coach’s radar.
“We’ve had a conversation with Stevie Arnold,” explained Bashir. “I’ve said to him if a better offer comes in from a Football League club where he’s going to play then I’d understand but there’s an offer on the table for him here. He needs time to think about it.”
Axed AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Jack Turner was believed to have attended the trial match and a number of other Dons players are thought to be under consideration after Terry Brown’s mass cull, which saw 13 players shown the door.
One player who could be heading in the other direction is United striker Tom Collins, who attended a trial game at Kingsmeadow last Thursday.