The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 21st June 2012
Craig Wilding, Mark Danks and David Bridgwater are the latest through the door at the Valley as new boss Simon Redhead and assistant Asa Charlton continue to revamp the squad.
Experienced midfielders Wilding and Bridgwater have had previous spells with the Reds, while former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bradford City striker Danks, who finished last term at Welsh Premier outfit Airbus UK Broughton, has a track-record as a potent striker in the Southern Premier.
The trio are the latest in a host of new faces to join the club and assistant boss Charlton says he is excited at how the squad is taking shape.
He said: “It’s a whole new team essentially and maybe that will give us the best of both worlds.
“Both me and Simon are building the team and with a lot of new faces we have the chance to mould it.
“In Craig we have someone who can play up front as well as in midfield and is a really handy player to have in the team, while David Bridgwater has plenty of experience.
“Most importantly both of them are really keen to play for the club.
“Danksy is a great player who has maybe had something of a chequered past.
“But I have played with him at a couple of clubs and have always got on with him.
“In all our conversations with him so far he has been really keen to talk about football and it bodes well.”
The Reds are still waiting to hear from striker Connor Deards, who has been offered a new deal, while any contract for Lee Hendrie is only likely to take place nearer the season’s start.
Boss Redhead believes the squad is just two or three additions away from being complete.
He said: “We have been working hard to get the right balance between experience and youth.
“You need old heads in the team for when the going gets tough, though in youngsters like James Reid we have players who have great potential.
“I must have spoken to around forty players in the last month and most of the squad who were already here. We are confident we have players who are here for the right reasons.”