Bridlington Town’s new-look squad is beginning to take shape, with almost 20 new faces agreeing to join The Seasiders ahead of their first pre-season friendly this weekend.
Town travel to Rossington Main on Saturday for their first outing, but will be without three of last season’s first-team regulars as young player of the year Rikki Paylor and top scorer Joel Sutton have moved to NCEL rivals Barton Town Old Boys, and full back Frank Belt has linked up with former Bridlington manager Mitch Cook at Pickering Town.
However, a host of new recruits have arrived, mainly from Hall Road Rangers and last season’s Humber Premier League champions Beverley Town.
They include former Hull City youngster Duka, who is originally from Congo, and possibly an American triallist who is also interesting a Football League club
Manager Gary Allanson said: “We are working very, very hard in bringing players in up to the required standard and creating a positive environment so the players can improve and hopefully bring success to the club.
“We have managed to keep hold of the majority of last season’s squad - our captain Tom Fleming and Ashley Allanson, Chris Jenkinson, Craig Palmer, Craig Hogg, Phil Dobson and Danny Brunton - which will give us a very experienced spine to the team.
“We have also kept hold of Jarrod Smalley, Jamie Reeson and Paul Wray who showed up really well last season as real talents.
“We have added players from the very successful Beverley Town team including Adam Nicholson, Dan Norton, Nathan White, Mike O’Connell, Ryan Nicholls, James Whittingham, Dane Mortimer and Mike Dixon.
“And we have also managed to attract some of best youngsters in the area in Chris Adams, Benn Lewis, Ryan Ramsden, Alex Knaggs, Declan Corlyon, Conner Harman, Duka, Danny Smith and James Hitchcock, who are coming in from Hall Road Rangers.
“We also have a player across from USA who is trialling at Southend at the moment, but if things don’t work out he will come and sign for us.
“Along with the reserves and the new under 21 team we are looking at the long term and not just a short term fix.
“The training sessions have gone really well with attendances between 30 and 40 at every session and the players have worked really hard and shown terrific commitment.
“At this level players come and go and we wish the ones departing all the very best, but we have to move on and work with what we have and make them as good as they can be, we are all very positive and hopefully we can bring some success.
“We have two brilliant coaches in Andy Foster and Steve Mulligan, who will prepare the players tactically and we will be ready to compete as best we can.”
Town’s first home friendly is against Bedlington Terriers on July 19.