Barking assistant Flemming feels new signings have sent out a statement to the league

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 July 2019

Jay Knight in action for Barking at Norwich United (pic Terry Gilbert)

Jay Knight in action for Barking at Norwich United (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking assistant manager Adam Flemming feels the club’s signings have sent a statement of intent to the teams in the Bostik South Central.

The Blues are back in pre-season training and have already got a friendly under their belts as they drew 3-3 with Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.

Flemming, who joined the club from Cray Wanderers under-23s alongside Mark Dacey to help out manager Justin Gardner, is excited about the squad that has been assembled.

"I think signing three new forwards was a big statement from Justin himself, it was something he recognised last season, that we wasn't creating enough goals," Flemming told the club website.

"Making that statement it says a lot, then you look at the midfield, we've brought in a few and then there is the core of the team that were here last year.

"The skipper is still here, centre-backs, and Junior Dadson is a brilliant signing from Cray Wanderers - he just won the league over there, he'll bring a lot to the side, a lot of experience and hard work.

"He's also a role model for the younger lads."

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The new assistant was pleased with the match against Burnham and saw it as a fantastic opportunity to hand a number of youngsters and trialists the chance to show what they're about.

"We had all the trialists in, a few young boys that have come out of various clubs that have asked to come down, so this was the perfect opportunity to see them in a game situation.

"We left the first-team boys in the gym so they've been beasted down there, but it was good to see some of the boys, especially the young ones staking a claim and showing they want to get into the first-team."

He also revealed he is excited about the big project at Mayesbrook Park and that was the reason he joined the club.

"When I got the call from Justin, I was on my way to Cyprus, I was literally going through customs while on the phone to him.

"The plans that he is trying to put in place over the next few years is something I wanted to be part of.

"He wants us to help implement a style that can filter down from the first-team to the under-23's, the under-18's and right the way down to the under-7's.

"He has brought us in to help change the way Barking play and the whole philosophy."

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