United consider new faces as Bailo departs

Bailo Camara
Bailo Camara

Eastbourne United manager Simon Rowland could dip into the transfer market after Bailo Camra departed the club for Horsham this week.

The forward left for Ryman South basement boys after joining United from Hastings United at the start of the season.

And while he hasn’t quite hit the heights expected with just four goals from 18 appearances in a United shirt, Rowland said he was pleased that Camara was returning to a higher standard of football.

“By his own admission he probably hasn’t been quite as influential as he would have liked,” Rowland said.

“ But his ability is unquestionable and maybe the structure of Ryman league football will suit him better. He goes with my blessing.”

With winger Jason Taylor set to miss tomorrow’s (Saturday) Sussex Division clash with Hassocks at the Oval, United look slightly weak in attack.

And while Rowland insists he is happy with the squad and says he doesn’t want to upset the mood in the dressing room, he admits he might have to bring in some reinforcements as they look to push on in the second half of the season.

Defender Nathan Cole has already come in on loan from Burgess Hill but further new faces could be in the offing.

“In the last couple of weeks I’ve been inundated with calls from people who want to move clubs.

“Some players are unhappy, some from Ryman clubs and some from a bit closer to home, so we just need to make a decision on that.

“At the moment we’re not in a position to win the league but we’ve got a great dressing room. Everything about us is good and there is a real togetherness.

“That happens when you don’t have a competitive squad so the question is: do we bring in players to make it more competitive and make the players fight for their shirt? That’s the decision we have to make.”

Tomorrow’s fixture will kick off slightly earlier than normal because of problems with the floodlights.

Their last home game was called off with United 3-0 down to Ringmer because of floodlight failure.

Kick off is 2pm at the Oval.