Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Mark Jones has been aggressive in this year’s summer transfer market, making three signings within the space of eleven days.
Jones has returned to what he knows by teaming back up with his “midfield general”, Godfrey Poko. Poko played under Jones at Oxford City, and the manager is excited by the “experience and quality” Poko brings to the squad.
Ryan Hope is another new addition to the team that Jones has previous experience with. Hope was a scholar at Watford Academy when Jones was a coach there nearly a decade ago. The Tudors manager remembers being “impressed by his attitude and technical ability” and snapped up the chance to work with the midfielder again. Hope captained Southall to the quarter finals of the FA Vase last season.
Hemel fans will also be excited by the arrival of wide forward, Jordy Mungoy. Jones said: “He’s got lots of ability, good skills. We lacked options in wide areas last year so we’re very excited for what Jordy will bring.”
When Mark Jones took over from departing manager Lee Bircham last September, the Tudors were rock bottom of the National League South. After successfully steering the team out of the relegation zone and into mid table, Jones outlined his ambitions for the upcoming season.
“We have to get off to a good start,” said Jones. “Build some momentum early. Seventh place gets you into the playoffs, we’ve got to be challenging for that.”
Hemel FC have seven friendly games arranged for July. The first is at home to Barnet on Saturday, July 9.