Clive Youlton - 15th June 2007
Woking News & Mail
Wednesday 13 June 2007
MICHAEL Charles wants to make it clear he does not view Woking as a short-term springboard for his Football League ambitions, writes Clive Youlton.
The 20-year-old striker ? one of the ?Farnborough three? ? was unhappy at being quoted in another publication as saying, ?I could be playing in the Football League by Christmas if I?m on top of my game and scoring goals.?
Having scored 33 goals in 64 starts for Farnborough, he would like nothing better than to repeat that goal ratio ? and he does want to play at a higher level ? but insists he is looking no further than his commitment to The Cards.
?That quote made it look like I was going to Woking with the wrong attitude,? he said.
?It implied I was only using Woking as a stepping stone for a few months, which is not what I said.
?I?m very excited about joining Woking and I?m not looking beyond trying to get them into the Football League, which I think is a realistic prospect.?
Charles is relishing the thought of linking up with his new team-mates on July 9 and added: ?Becoming full time is a real opportunity for me. I can?t wait for it all to start.
?I established myself in the Conference South last year and scored 21 goals. Now I want to establish myself at Woking and that is all I?m focussing on.
?Of course I have ambitions. But I know Woking, and the manager, want to make the play-offs and that?s the aim.
?We?re going to be a young side and if it doesn?t happen next season then we will have that extra experience the following year.
?It?s going to be a team full of energy and with players wanting to prove themselves. And the manager doesn?t like the ball in the air so I hope the fans will come and watch us.?
Unlike his two ex-Boro team-mates, Jay Gasson and Matt Pattison, who are friends of his, Charles has only signed on at Kingfield for one year.
He explains: ?I?m only used to signing one-year deals. If everything goes well, hopefully I can sit down again halfway through the season and extend it.
?I?ve never signed a two-year deal and there?s nothing more to it than that.?
Meanwhile, the Conference directors handed Phil Ledger a 76th birthday present at the weekend ? a further three years on their board. The Cards? football director has already served eight years among the league?s hierarchy and was given a three-year extension.
Ledger, who was 76 on Tuesday, commented: ?It?s an honour for me and I hope I?m still around when I?m 79. I suppose we all add something different as directors, coming from different backgrounds.
?I sit on the appeals committee, which is where my magistrate?s experience comes in, so that comes in useful.?
Ledger confirmed that the word Conference will still be in the league?s title next season.
?Our division will be known as the Blue Square Conference Premier,? he said.
* FORMER Woking stars Scott Steele and Lloyd Wye will decide this week whether to link-up as Guildford City?s new management team ? Steele having been offered the vacant manager?s job ? with Wye set to become his assistant
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