Hockaday adds to firepower

Stroud News and Journal: u WELCOME: New Forest Green striker Omar Koroma with boss David Hockaday u WELCOME: New Forest Green striker Omar Koroma with boss David Hockaday

BOSS David Hockaday made it a magnificent seven as former Portsmouth striker Omar Koroma became the latest stellar name to be added to Forest Green’s explosive arsenal.

The Gambia international, 22, previously spent two years at Portsmouth under then manager Harry Redknapp and also had a loan spell at Norwich during the 2008-09 season. He was released by Pompey in 2010 and had been playing in Denmark before joining Forest Green on trial.

Koroma agreed a three-year deal at the New Lawn on Monday and is now set to compete with fellow new recruits Magno Vieira, Phil Marsh and Ben Wright for a front three role, which will also have Reece Styche, Matty Taylor and James Norwood fighting it out for a starting spot.

Hockaday previously worked with Koroma at the Watford and Southampton academies and feels the player can help out in a number of positions.

“OJ (Koroma) doesn’t just play as a striker-he can play anywhere on the park.

“He has pace and can score goals and his pedigree will tell you all you need to know about him.”

Hockaday insists seven strikers will add to the firepower they lacked last season.

“We didn’t finish teams off last season and now we’ve a wealth of striking talent and seven strikers gives us balance and the chance to change games.”

Rovers now have 25 players contracted for next season, but Hockaday’s recruitment policy is far from over. He said: “We’ll be keeping our powder dry for now, but if any gem happens to come along then maybe we can have a look at that, but at the moment I’ve got a very powerful squad.”

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