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Saturday 07th June 2014
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WELLING UNITED boss Jamie Day has signed former West Ham United centre-back Callum McNaughton, 22.

He has put pen to paper for the Conference Premier club after leaving Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford.

Wings manager Jamie Day told “We watched him for a fair chunk of last season so we know all about him.

“Callum is a die-hard central defender who puts his body on the line but he can also play and pass as well.

“He knows this level and what is expected of him. We’ve added him to the squad and see him as a key defender this season.

“He is still young so I’m delighted that we’ve got him and can help him develop during the coming season.

The 6ft 4in defender was sent-off in his only game for West Ham’s first team, in the League Cup against Aldershot and since spent time on loan at AFC Wimbledon. He has also appeared for Kingstonian.

The Wings have lost striker Ross Lafayette, who scored 17 goals for the club last season.

A club statement said: “Welling United are disappointed to announce a U-turn by striker Ross Lafayette.

“The popular forward had agreed a new one-year deal with boss Jamie Day following the conclusion of last season.

“He shook hands on the deal with Jamie and despite rumours of a potential move, assured the Wings boss that he was going to sign a new contract at Park View Road on his return from holiday.

“However, Lafayette delayed signing the deal and informed Day at the end of last month that he was no longer going to remain at Welling as he wanted to pursue a career in the Football League at Luton Town.

“Lafayette scored 39 goals in 90 games during his Welling career, which included winning the Conference South title.  The club would like to wish him every success in the Football League.”

Welling United revealed the club missed out on a high-profile striker, who has opted for a more lucrative move a division below.

“Since Lafayette’s decision, the Wings made an offer for a different striker that would have seen that player become the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

“The forward subsequently turned down our offer and has since joined a Conference South club for more money.

“Day has alternative targets lined up but relocation is currently proving a problem in a bid to bring these players to Park View Road.”

Meanwhile, over the coming weeks the re-branded Wings Sports Bar will be refurbished with 10 TV screens, new flooring and furniture as it prepares to open its doors seven days a week.

Operations manager Barry Hobbins said: “Welling supporters are urged to make use of the new facilities, particularly on matchdays with live football on the box and after the day’s main event at Park View Road.

“It’s an exciting new development and we’re sure everyone will be impressed with the new-look Wings Sports Bar, now thanks to Dean Lee (of Pure Nightclub, Bexleyheath) this has become a reality.”

Meanwhile, the club begin the search for a new physio after Dave Lawson, formerly of Gravesend & Northfleet, has left the club.