Harry Newman has returned from his Australian adventure to bolster the Harefield midfield.
Newman spent a year Down Under playing semi-professional football for Melbourne Knights in the Victorian Premier League.
He made the 10,500-mile journey back to England in time for Christmas and has been training back with the Hares after leaving midway through last season.
Phil Granville is glad to have the wide man back at Preston Park, admitting United have missed his contribution this term. He is hoping Newman’s added quality will help push Harefield up the table.
“Harry was over there for a year playing with Melbourne Knights.
“He plays out on the left and he can play in the middle of the park as well,” said Granville.
“Harry gives us that extra bit of quality and we missed him when he went last season.
“I know what to expect from him because I worked with him at Uxbridge before my time here as well, and he’s been training well.
“I suppose all of the postponements have helped him because it’s given him and some of the other lads, like Riccardo Cannon and Ryan Egan, the chance to get fit.”
Cannon has worked hard this winter to overcome an horrendous leg break at Colney Heath in August and is ready for action again after a long period of recovery.
Harefield were in good form at the weekend as a Ryan Ashe double and one each from Hussein Warsame and Daniel Fleming secured a 4-1 win over Leverstock Green.
United take on two sides at the wrong end of the table in the coming days.
On Saturday they entertain Stotfold at Preston Park, and on Tuesday night they travel to Holmer Green.
Granville added: “If you look at the league table then I’d expect us to beat them both.
“I’m expecting us to go on a run now – I want six points from these two games.
“I’m looking for us to win games now, not draw too many.”
Although Cannon has reached the end of the comeback trail after breaking his leg, promising youngster Carl Pearce is just starting on the road to recovery after fracturing a leg against Berkhamsted at the end of December.
Rob Laney’s goal was not enough for Hillingdon Borough, who were beaten 2-1 at Biggleswade United on Saturday. Sam Hurrell’s side were due to host Oxhey Jets last night (Tuesday).