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LAKESIDE have confirmed team manager Neil Vatcher will focus solely on senior matters in 2012 after an impressive first season with the club.Vatcher joined the Hammers initially to oversee the youth side of the team, but was quickly promoted to first-team duties and earned an immediate respect with his managerial and motivational style.He said: “Joining the Lakeside Hammers last year was something of a dream come true to manage at the highest level and to play a part in the winter team building has been a real privilege.“I can hardly contain my excitement at the team that Stuart (Douglas) and Jon (Cook) have put together for 2012 and it’s fantastic that the fans so obviously share that enthusiasm. Last year we made the very best of the season after a poor start and I think this team can move us forward at the crucial end of the season when we have been caught lacking in the past.”


SHEFFIELD newcomer Joe Haines says his move to Owlerton can help get his career back on track in 2012.Haines endured a troubled campaign last year after suffering serious injuries in a winter crash in Australia, but is determined to re-discover the form which made him British Under-21 Champion in 2010.He said: “Last year was tough and I just wanted it to end. Now I have signed for Sheffield I can’t wait for the season to start again and I’m working hard to get ready for it.“I like the Sheffield track and the stadium is superb. I’m really pleased to be riding for a club like this and hopefully I can get some points at reserve and rebuild my confidence.”