The Ryman Football League
Published 17th July 2012
Matt Smart, a central midfielder who has spent the past nine seasons at Eastbourne Borough Joe Dolan former Northern Ireland under-21 international central defender playing at Havant & Waterlooville last season, Sam Holloway, who has had spells with Aveley, Braintree Town and Concord Rangers, Sos Yao, who was at Maldon & Tiptree last term after stints at Cheltenham Town, AFC Hornchurch and Brentwood Town, Craig Tanner from Carshalton Athletic and Howard Newton and Andre Scarlett, who have both signed from Staines Town.
Cooper said: "I learnt from my mistakes last season. We were in a fantastic position at Christmas time to push on for a play-off place but we lacked experienced players when it mattered to keep our feet on the ground and to push on when it was needed.
“Matt is a hardworking, skillful central midfielder who has been playing Conference South football over the past seasons, Joe is a commanding central defender who even now during pre-season is organising and continually talking to his team-mates. Sam is 6'3" versatile left-sided player who can immediately make a defensive situation into an attacking one with his range of passes.
“Sos is a very exciting, quick centre forward who basically is a natural goalscorer.
“Craig Tanner, previously with Hampton & Richmond Borough and more recently Carshalton, agreed to sign after he decided that an offer from a Conference club was not achievable due to work commitments. He is not only a quality player but a born leader on the pitch.
“Howard Newton is an international team-mate of Chris Bourne, who has recently left us. He played in front of 80,000 people recently for Guyana in a World Cup qualifier, so shouldn`t feel fazed playing in front of our small, but loyal bunch of supporters!
“Andre Scarlett has been an ever-present in recent seasons for Staines. He is a very hard working, skillful central midfielder and will, like all of the new boys, compliment who I wish to keep from last season`s squad.
“Due to the amount of new signings it will not be possible for everyone to stay so some will go and I will be running an eye over them in training and games over the coming couple of weeks."