Ridgeons Football League
Published 23rd July 2012
....Thurlow Nunn League First Division campaign.
The quintet includes Kirkley & Pakefield's Danny Scriven and striker Mitch Forbes, who returns to Yarmouth after a stint away with neighbouring Gorleston.
Another returnee is utility player Olly McCarthy, who left Yarmouth for Anglian Combination Premier Division side Acle United midway through last season.
Portuguese goalkeeper Alberto Lopez joins subject to international clearance having previously played in the Portuguese Second Division, while midfielder Joe Brynton makes the step up from Anglian Combination Division One side Caister United.
Bloaters' boss Mike Derbyshire was delighted at the new signings: “I am over the moon to have been able to bring Mitch back. Several other clubs were interested and I wasn’t at all surprised by that because he is, quite simply, a class act. Lightening quick and a natural finisher, Mitch is devastating in front of goal both on the ground and in the air. He will be a huge asset for us this season.
“Danny is quick, sharp and very good on the ball. He can play wide or upfront and is equally comfortable in both areas. Danny has shown well in training and in our opening friendly and I think he will feature strongly for us this season.
“Olly is an excellent player but he did not get the opportunities he felt he deserved when I first came to the club. However, I think he would also acknowledge that his chances were limited both by injury and his overall fitness level. Olly has work to do to prove that he can secure a regular First Team slot but he is the kind of player who I know will readily take on that challenge. I am very pleased to have him back with us.
“Alberto is clearly a very, very good goalkeeper. His English is improving all the time and you only have to take one look at the lad to see he has everything in his game.
"I didn’t know very much about Joe when he came to us in the summer but I had heard good things. From what I have witnessed so far, those good opinions were well-founded. Joe is a strong competitor who is talented in possession and sees and plays good options. We have high hopes for him.”
One key player making a return to the Yarmouth set-up this season is Simeon Lee, following a 2011/12 campaign which was dogged by commitment difficulties. These problems look now to be a thing of the past and in pre-season, Derbyshire has handed Lee the captain’s armband for both of the opening friendlies against Norwich United and Wroxham.
“Sim is a strong young defender who has matured a great deal in a short space of time. He is a fans` favourite as he always gives everything for the cause and plays with his heart on his sleeve. Sim’s attitude in training and his determination to help the club move forward cannot be faulted and I have rewarded him with the captaincy in pre-season. Whether he can carry that into the playing season remains to be seen as there are other candidates to look at – but he has certainly done his cause no harm. This could be a big season for Sim.”
In addition to the returning players and the new faces, Derbyshire has also declared himself very happy to have secured the signatures of almost all of last season’s first-team squad. They include highly-rated youngsters George Barnden, Charlie McAra and Leighton Crux alongside more experienced heads such as Fernando Vide, Sam Giacomelli, Callum Jones, Danny Burkle and goalkeeper Ben Cudden – as well as players who have pushed through from the reserves, among them striker Aaron Hanks.
And the Bloaters’ boss expects further moves in the transfer market with more announcements likely soon.
“There will be one or two more names to reveal in the coming days,” he said, “but probably not too many more as everything’s beginning to come together here now and we’re starting to get settled. It’s just great that after such a tough, tough season in 2011/12 there is now a real buzz about the club and everyone, me included, are really looking forward to the new season.
“I’m making no predictions about what we can or cannot achieve, because there is still a lot of preparation and groundwork to get through and as everyone knows, money remains tight here. But for the first time in a little while, we can look ahead with real confidence.”