Cheshunt have a strike force to be feared in the Ryman North after signing up former Hemel Hempstead Town striker John Frendo and tying top goalscorer Jason Hallett to a contract until the end of next season.
Along with recent signing Liam Hope, who has begun life at the Ambers with three goals in his first three games, and bustling forward Adam Bolle, who scored in the 2-1 victory at Thamesmead Town on Saturday, Cheshunt have four strikers of top quality.
Frendo, 31, brings experience, having played football two levels higher for Hemel and St Albans City in recent years in the Vanarama National League South, and having turned out for Ware in his younger years.
The contract for in-demand Hallett could be the biggest coup of all though, with his 32 goals this season making him a wanted man. The striker is set to miss the next two games through suspension and has a broken hand, but when he returns Wickenden will have a wonderful quartet to choose from to help keep the fifth-placed Ambers in the play-off spots.
“Jason has signed up with us until the end of next season. I’ve got a great relationship with him,” said the Cheshunt boss. “He’s been a pleasure to work with and he can see what the club is trying to do. He’s excited by it.
“Jason promised he would be here until the end of the season and he would have been true to his word.
“But there’s been so much attention around him with all the goals he’s scored in the last two seasons and there’s been some crazy offers thrown his way.
“I spoke to the chairman and the owner and said we need to do something. He spoke to them and thankfully he accepted.”
Wickenden was also excited about the experience Frendo will bring, allied with the talent of Hope and Bolle, and the trio will all be in contention this Saturday as the Ambers look to get revenge against Brightlingsea Regent at Theobalds Lane.
“John is available to play and is all signed up. We’ve got lots of goals in us already, we’re second top scorers in the league, but someone with John’s experience is a massive plus for us,” said the Cheshunt manager.
“He’s not coming in to replace anyone. He’s coming in to give us that experience and know-how to get us over the line.
“He’ll bring a lot to us in the dressing room as well.
“He’ll start like everyone does on the bench and earn his place. He left Hemel and hasn’t played football for a month or two so he needs to get sharp.
“He’s quite excited about what we are doing here at Cheshunt.
“I’ve asked him to come in until the end of the season and then we’ll reassess things in the summer. I’m trying to build for next season not just this one.
“Liam has also come in and been brilliant and struck up a great relationship with Jason. All credit to him for the way he’s hit the ground running and we’ve got Adam Bolle as well, who’s been excellent.”