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Aug 9 2012 By Tim Street
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FORMER skipper Lewis Ferrell has been told he will be welcome back at Hampton & Richmond Borough – but he needs to decide his future quickly.
The former Brentford right-back looked all set to join Boreham Wood last month until the Blue Square South side released that, as Ferrell is under 24 years old, they would have to pay a fee.
Since then, Ferrell has been in limbo and has most recently been training with Staines Town, but has also been in touch with his former side.
Beavers boss Mark Harper said: “Lewis contacted me and wanted to be involved in Saturday's game against QPR, but I didn't think that would be fair on the other lads who have been here all pre-season. It would be good to have Lewis back, but he needs to make his mind up fast.
“All credit to Tom Hickey, who is normally a midfielder but filled in at right-back against QPR and did very well. But we've had trouble filling Lewis's boots and we will need to bring a right-back in if he doesn't return.”
Harper could also have a new face at left-back after fielding former Sutton United reserve Anson Cousins there against QPR.
The youngster was one of two former Sutton trialists Harper cast his eye over against the Rs, the other being centre-back Alan Bray, and the Beavers boss was impressed with both.
He said: “I quite liked the look of Anson and I'm hoping to bring him in to provide Neil Jenkins with some cover and competition.
“Alan should be signing too. He is a whole-hearted fully-committed defender who sometimes picks up knocks as a result, and he has just returned from a cruciate ligament injury.
“But just like Gary Holloway, who has also just come back from a year out with the same injury, when they regain full fitness, we will have two very good players.”
Harper has, however, decided against offering terms to Joshua Webb, deciding the Walton & Hersham man was not what he was looking for.