Blue Square Bet
Published 19th July 2012
The former England `C` international plumped for a player-coach role at City's Blue Square Bet South rivals Salisbury City instead of a move to Mayday Trust Park after leaving Torquay United at the end of last term. Britton revealed that he has also received knock- backs from ex-City target man Phil Walsh and much-travelled 38-year-old forward Scott McGleish in recent weeks as he seeks a strike partner for new recruit Charlie Griffin.
"McPhee is somebody who we first made an offer for eighteen months ago and played well against us for Kidderminster Harriers," Britton told the Bath Chronicle.
"He was one of a number of front players on our radar, as were Phil Walsh, who I believe has gone to Ebbsfleet United, and Scott McGleish, who was released by Bristol Rovers at the end of last season.
"We are looking to bring players of that sort of quality in and, although none of them came off, we are continuing to look."
Britton faces the prospect of losing the services of Marley Watkins, whose contract ran out at the end of last term.
The former Cheltenham winger is on trial at Conference Premier new boys Hereford United and turned out alongside another member of City's 2011/12 squad, Andy Gallinagh, for the Bulls in their friendlies against Yeovil Town and Evesham United this week.
Britton's defensive jigsaw for next term is all but complete, however, after Mark Preece and Joe Burnell agreed to extend their City stays.
They join Gethin Jones, Jim Rollo, Sekani Simpson and keepers Glyn Garner and Jason Mellor in committing to the club, with the manager looking to add a left-back to his ranks before the new campaign kicks off.
"In the last ten games of last season we saw what a good player Mark Preece is," said Britton.
"He hadn't really got over the knee injury he suffered the previous year at Mansfield when we signed him so didn't see the best of him for a while, but he is looking fitter again during pre-season.
"Mark will obviously be a very important player for us as you need to have a physical presence in both boxes in that league.
"Joe hasn't captained two Football League clubs by accident and brings professionalism and experience to the table," added Britton.
"He's a very strong boy as well and has probably been our most consistent player since we signed him two years ago, so we're delighted he has decided to stay on."