Mar 1 2013 By Guy Martin
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JULIAN Owusu insists the team spirit at Hayes and Yeading is better than last season after returning to the club last week.
Owusu was part of Nas Bashir’s side that were relegated from the Blue Square Premier last term and left for spells at Burnham and Hendon in the summer.
Bashir has since gone as manager and Owusu made his comeback at the weekend as he pulled on the United shirt again in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Eastleigh at Kingfield.
Alassane N’Diaye and Sam Cox earned the 10-men a hard-fought victory over the Spitfires despite defender Daniel Brathwaite’s sending-off on the stroke of half-time.
Owusu came off the bench to help secure the points against the play-off chasers and is glad to be back at a club where he feels at ease.
“It just feels like home here,” he said. “Maybe I shouldn’t have left, but we all make choices and I’m back now and just want to give my best.
“The team spirit is really good. It’s probably better than last year. There were a few groups in the team last year, but now everyone is together.
“From here I went to Telford, was there for a bit and got injured. I went to Hendon, scored a few goals and got released last week because of money. I jumped at the chance to come back here.”
Owusu’s return came about when he found himself unattached, and on alerting management of his keenness to come back, they were quick to snap him up.
Newly-appointed United boss Tony O’Driscoll said: “Julian didn’t have a club, and we looked at the bench in midweek and didn’t have a forward to come on – it made sense.”
The Ghanaian will have been pleased to get some minutes under his belt against Eastleigh but is fully aware he faces a battle for a first-team spot with N’Diaye and Tom Collins both banging in the goals and Kudus Oyenuga returning from suspension.
“It’s good we’ve got competition, it’s only going to make me better,” Owusu added. “I believe in myself. I have a target for goals but I’ll keep it to myself.”
Owusu was the third United signing within two weeks, with Adam Everitt, an experienced left-back but able to play anywhere in defence or midfield, recruited from Eastleigh, and midfielder Sam Corcoran another addition.