Sunday 08th August 2004

McIntyre delighted with goalkeeping acquisition

GOALKEEPER Andy Walker appears to have been handed the number one jersey at Hayes Lane, as Bromley look forward to the Ryman (Isthmian) League Division One opener against Horsham next Saturday, writes Stephen McCartney.

The 22-year-old stopper, who lives locally in Welling, has fought off former Whyteleafe and AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Matt Martin, former Gravesend & Northfleet stopper Alex O'Reilly, but youngster Harry Hunter appears to have done enough to be Walker's understudy.

Walker, however, has admitted he is settling in well at Hayes Lane.

The former Colchester United, Exeter City, Doncaster Rovers and Charlton Athletic stopper, who played for Wingate & Finchley last season, said: "I think they are a great bunch of boys and have made me really welcome.

"There is a great atmosphere in the changing room, which is very important at any level."

McIntyre added: "I don't know the answer to where Matt Martin is at the moment.  However, Alex O'Reilly isn't at the club at the moment as he has a lot of business commitments and lives over in Essex, and I made the decision purely on that.  There is nothing between Alex and Andy."

So what gives, Walker, the attributes to take over from Danny Harwood from the number one goalkeeper at Hayes Lane.

McIntyre said: "Andy has one attribute which his orgainisation ability is excellent.  He is local and a high quality goalkeeper and I am delighted with the acquisition."

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