Football: Keogh Turns to Old Hands in Front-Line Restructure; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: By Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent
Forgotten man Naveed Arshad and old stager Darren Roberts could help Sutton Coldheld Town cope with the loss of their leading marksmen Justin Rowe and Mykel Beckley.
Royals manager Chris Keogh is having to rebuild his attack after Rowe was sold to Halesowen Town and Beckley left to join British Gas Business Midlands rivals Leamington.
With Matthew Dodd also stepping up to Worcester City in a four-hgure transfer, Sutton have lost arguably their three best players but Keogh hopes Arshad and Roberts could return to action after lengthy lay-offs.
Both played for Sutton before a knee injury forced one-time Solihull Borough hotshot Arshad out of action for the past two seasons, while ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers goal-getter Roberts sat out last season due to work commitments.
"Nav has had knee problems for the past two seasons but he rang me up towards the end of last season to come training," said Keogh.
"He looks as ht as a hddle and could be a big plus for us.
"Darren might be 37 but we know what we will get with him. He is keen to play and he has not missed a training session. He is still a threat and he proved how good a player he is in the Masters tournament."
Sutton had been keen on bringing back Damien Markman from Redditch United but the striker has suffered a recurrence of the knee problems which ruined his time with the Reds.
Keith Rostill had also been a target, but the former Reds and Alvechurch forward has not returned any inquiries.
But Sutton will also be able to call on Paul Devlin, who was limited to handful of appearances at the end of last season.
Sutton head to Stratford Town today for their hrst pre-season match before heading to neighbours Boldmere St Michaels on Monday. …