Aug 18 2011 By Chris Slavin
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HARROW Borough have pulled off a transfer coup in time for Saturday's big kick-off by signing two players from Dagenham and Redbridge.
Harrow boss Dave Anderson (pictured) has brought in youngsters Lee Wootton and Jon-Jo Bates on long-term loan deals from Daggers and both are set to make their debuts in Saturday's Ryman Premier opener at Metropolitan Police.
The signing of Bates, who signed an 18-month deal at the League Two club in February after being plucked from Bedfont Town, is particularly poignant for Anderson as his father Jon Barrie-Bates played for him at Hendon and AFC Wimbledon.
"Jon-Barrie was my captain at Hendon and AFC Wimbledon so it makes me feel particularly old now that I am managing his son," said Anderson. "But I have known Jon-Jo since he was a boy. Charlton want us to help him and Lee in their professional careers and get them some games.
"They will be good enough for the division that is the first thing and the fact that they have full-time training is an advantage to us as the team gels."
Eighteen-year-old midfielder Wootton had a spell on loan last season at then Blue Square Premier side Histon, who were relegated at the end of 2011/12.
Jon-Jo Bates is a promising 19-year-old striker, but Anderson is frantically searching for a target man in the mould of the departed Rocky Baptiste.
"Dave (Lawrence) and Scott Orphanou are strikers that play off another centre-forward and I am aware that we need a big centre-forward to play alongside one of them. Hopefully, we can get one in before Saturday," he said."
Anderson, who only returned from a family holiday in France on Sunday, admitted it had been a far from ideal preparation during pre-season.
"We were two weeks behind everyone else because we had the QPR game and then we had to see how many players would be left," Anderson added. "We wanted to do that to give them every chance of staying. But it was their choices to leave and we have had to get on with it.
"Then I went on holiday, but we managed to do business while I was over there. I have never had a pre-season like this one and I have been in non league football for a long time. But we are happy that we have been able to get players in. We have brought eight to 10 players in and that is a good number. I feel that in the past three weeks we have made it much better than the situation we were in."
Anderson has also signed up Staines Town midfielder Shaun Wanklyn and defender Gary Jones from Chesham, but he was still working on a couple of deals as the Observer went to press as he aims to have a squad of 18 or 19 in place.
Harrow Borough completed their pre-season preparations with two away victories on Saturday, one of their sides winning 4-0 at Ware and the other earning a 2-1 victory at Brentwood.
Anderson has confirmed the players that have so far signed on for the coming season, including several from Borough's 2010/11 vintage.
The list so far is: Quincy Rowe, Danny Leach, Daniel McConigle, Wayne Walters, George Chanda, Kurt Morlese, Jon Constant, James Fraser, Dean Fenton, Dave Lawrence, Scott Orphanou, JJ Bates, Lee Wootton, Nick Pope, Qunicy Rowe, Shaun Wanklyn, Gary Jones.