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Newham’s Sighiatau ‘will get his big move’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 18 August 2015

Vlad Sighiatau of Newham was on trial with Ryman North side Hornchurch this summer

Vlad Sighiatau of Newham was on trial with Ryman North side Hornchurch this summer

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Joint-boss Shamrez Darr discusses talented forward who is back with club after failing to earn contract at Hornchurch

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr has backed talented youngster Vlad Sighiatau to move on to bigger and better things this season.

Sighiatau has started the campaign well and scored in Newham’s first two Essex Senior League matches – a 1-1 draw with Sporting Bengal United and a 3-1 success over Greenhouse.

He spent the summer on trial with Ryman North side Hornchurch and appeared to impress in various pre-season matches.

In their first friendly encounter against Ilford, Sighiatau scored in a 4-0 win and featured as a second half substitute in 2-1 triumphs over Barking and Ramsgate.

The Newham attacker was also involved late on in games against Ryman Premier teams Billericay Town and Canvey Island, but failed to feature for Hornchurch in pre-season after that.

Darr is pleased to have him back with the Terence McMillan club, who will be playing their home fixtures at Tilbury’s Chadfields Stadium this season.

Newham’s joint boss also insisted that it will only be a matter of time before Sighiatau leaves the Essex Senior League outfit to move to a higher division.

“Vlad has been working hard and I kept tabs on him during the summer. He scored 17 goals for us last season but wanted to play at a higher level, in the Ryman North,” said Darr.

“He was on trial with Hornchurch during pre-season and scored in a few of their matches, but a move didn’t work out.

“I said to him ‘we’ll look after you, come here, score goals and you’ll get your move.’

“I won’t stand in the way of a player looking to progress so hopefully Vlad can score some goals for us, help us out and then we can help him by getting a move to a bigger club.”

Another forward who has started the season strongly for Newham is Aaron Harriott.

He netted a brace in their 3-1 triumph at Greenhouse on Saturday, but unfortunately was sent off later in the match.

Darr praised his efforts, though, and revealed he is a player that Newham have chased for a long time.

“Aaron was at Takeley last season and when I was Zakir Hussain’s assistant I put two seven day approaches in for him,” revealed Darr.

“They were both rejected, but he came over this summer and liked what he saw and he is another talented, young forward.

“He scored two goals against Greenhouse and could have had a hat-trick really. He got sent off for a second yellow afterwards too, which was a bit unlucky but is somebody that can do well for us this season.”

Newham will hope both Sighiatau and Harriott can continue finding the net for as long as possible for Darr and Kevin Lucas’s team.


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