09:04AM, Wednesday 12 July 2017
Windsor boss Mick Woodham has confirmed the former Premier League striker Barry Hayles is training with the club with a view to joining as a player/coach.
Woodham was keen to point out a deal hadn't yet been struck to bring the former Fulham and Sheffield United striker, now 45, to Stag Meadow.
But he's hopeful the club's link with the Cox Green Football Academy, and its director Ashley Smith - who played with Hayles at Chesham United - could tempt him to come and pass on his guile and experience to the young Royalists.
“We'd be interested for sure but nothing has been done yet,” said Woodham.
“He's been training with us but I know that at this time of the year anything can happen.
“We're still in our first year with the academy (Cox Green) and seeing what opportunities it can have for the football club.
“Let's see what happens at the weekend with the boys and I'm sure the cat will soon come out of the bag.”
It's expected that if Hayles does join the Royalists he'll do so in a player/coach capacity and Woodham said his influence and leadership skills on the pitch could be invaluable.
“He's a player that brings a lot of experience because he's been there and done that,” he added.
“It's also about the younger players learning good habits.
“There are no hiding places on the pitch so maybe they'll listen to the more senior players if they're not listening to me.
“It's a good idea, a nice concept but will it happen? I don't know.”
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