Ford looking for Winters to add extra something

Banbury United's Tom Winters gets in a cross despite the attentions of Weymouth's Ashley Wells

Banbury United's Tom Winters gets in a cross despite the attentions of Weymouth's Ashley Wells

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Tom Winters has always been a favourite of Mike Ford so the Puritans boss was delighted to get him to the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

The 31-year-old winger may only be at the club for a month’s loan from Oxford City but Ford is hoping his stay will be extended.

Tom Winters has got nothing to prove but, if he does very well for us, it will alert bigger payers than us that he’s still around

Puritans boss Mike Ford

He said: “Tom Winters has got nothing to prove but, if he does very well for us, it will alert bigger paying clubs than us that he’s still around.

“I’m sure if he does well he’d also like to stay but that’s a conversation for a later date.

“He’s 31 now but that’s no age, he’s fit and can be around for another three or four years. He’s got a great left foot, and the pace and ability to beat players.

“When he became available when I was at Oxford City it was a no-brainer that we tried to get him into the club.”

But while Winters was winging in, club captain Andy Gunn was heading out.

Ford said: “Andy Gunn was a manager’s dream but I’m 100 per cent convinced I’ve done the right thing. We’ve got a lot of young players now who I feel can take this club forward.

“I’ve got to make sure this club is not resting on its laurels.

“I could have left the decision until the summer but I want to see those young players in the remaining games.”