Rob Smith: Jaz Singh could be ‘perfect’ for the Bucks
AFC Telford chief Rob Smith believes goalkeeper Jaz Singh could be ‘perfect’ for the Bucks as he sounds out the club’s next No.1.
The 27-year-old shot-stopper is a free agent after leaving Gloucester City earlier this week as the Tigers were forced to move into the National League South for next season.
And with the ex-Kidderminster Harriers and Shrewsbury glovesman believed to be keen on securing a local move, Smith is keen to open talks – but is aware of stiff competition.
“Somebody of the mould of Jaz Singh would be perfect for us, but he won’t be short of offers,” said Smith. “In fact, I have heard that he may have spoke to a few clubs. If we can get an opportunity to sit down and speak with him, that would be good. We haven’t had any contact as of yet.”
Smith is undergoing the most meticulous player search in his managerial career.
The Bucks boss is determined to revive Telford’s fortunes and insists that mistakes made on player recruitment last summer will not be repeated.
With the cost of acquiring talent in the non-league game rising, Smith revealed both he and assistant Larry Chambers are conducting far more thorough negotiations than ever before.
“It is the most thorough process I have ever been involved in as a manager,” Smith admitted. “We have spoke to a lot of players and their agents to see what their thoughts are. The level of detail is like nothing we have done before, and it has been refreshing to do that and enjoyable.
“We are not just meeting potential new players, we are meeting them two or three times – that’s the work we are putting in.”
Several familiar faces have already checked out this summer, while Smith is yet to conduct talks with a handful of Bucks men – including skipper Luca Havern.
Smith reiterated that patience is a virtue for Telford fans this summer, adding the talks with potential newcomers have been ‘productive’.
“Things are going well,” said the boss. “
But it takes time to get things over the line.”