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Hendon new boy targets a Crack at promotion

PUBLISHED: 11:11 01 August 2012

Dean Cracknell - Hendon

Dean Cracknell - Hendon

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Summer signing Dean Cracknell has his sights set on a swift return to Conference South after dropping down a level to join Hendon.

Midfielder Cracknell left Welling United to sign for Gary McCann’s side, who missed out on the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs by just three points last season.

And the 28-year-old, who has also played at Conference South level for teams including St Albans City, Thurrock and Maidenhead United, believes the Greens have what it takes to make the step up next May.

“I think play-offs is definitely the minimum target this year and that’s what the manager’s aiming for,” Cracknell told the Times. “When I spoke to him I could see the thought that goes into everything they do.

“I like that – sometimes in non-league you can get caught up with teams that are just stuck in their old ways. But as soon as I knew Hendon were interested I jumped at it.

“You’ve got to do what works for you. I wouldn’t have come to a club that had no ambition and didn’t want to go up – that’s no fun and the season would be boring.

“There were a few other possibilities in the Conference South, but they were all too far away. I wanted to play more locally and Hendon suited me right down to the ground.”

Cracknell, who prefers a central role but can also play on either flank, revealed that Hendon captain Scott Cousins – a former team-mate from St Albans – also played a part in convincing him to join the club.

“I played with Scott for two or three years when St Albans got promotion out of the Conference South, and I spoke to him regularly last year, so I knew about how Hendon played,” added the midfielder.

“The style of football’s very similar to Welling. I just got married, so the manager let me have a couple of weeks off for honeymoon and I’ve only had a couple of training sessions, but it’s been really easy to settle in.”

Hendon, who lost 2-1 to a Reading XI on Tuesday, play their next pre-season friendly on Saturday when they meet Maidenhead United at Bisham Abbey, kick-off 12.30pm.


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