Simon Clark, manager of Evo-Stik League First Division South club Stamford, has toasted some super summer transfer business.
The Daniels chief has signed two new strikers while also holding on to two of his top talents despite stacks of interest from a higher level.
Gary King, who spent a short spell with the club last season, has returned from Harrogate Town, while Sean Cann has been snapped up after leaving Lincoln Moorlands Railway towards the end of last term. He is best known for being a prolific goalscorer at Evo-Stik League level with Lincoln United.
And Clark’s recruitment drive has been complemented by the retention of top stars Lee Beeson and Andy Toyne. The midfield duo have both shunned advances from other clubs to remain at Wothorpe Road.
Clark said: “We were well aware that we needed to boost our attack during the summer and we have managed to bring in a couple of very decent players.
“We saw a little glimpse of Gary last season before he had the chance to go to a higher level. He was keen to come back and is someone I am expecting a lot from in the weeks and months ahead.
“Sean is another good player and both lads will hopefully score goals.
“Dean Oliver and Dan Cotton are both staying on with the club as well so we have plenty of options in attack.”
Clark admitted he feared that both free-scoring Beeson, who ended last season with 18 goals to his name, and player-of-the-season Toyne would move on.
He added: “There was a lot of interest in both lads and from as high as Conference North level in Lee’s case. It is a terrific boost that both have agreed to stay.
“Lee is still learning and we feel we have an ideal environment for him to develop. He is hungry for success and wants to achieve things.
“Andy was terrific for us last season when he really progressed as a player. He is another lad who buys into what we are trying to achieve and likes the way we try to play the game.
“We know we were too light in the second half of last season when things didn’t go our way, but we believe we have taken steps to put that right.”
Other existing Stamford players to remain are defensive colossus Miles Chamberlain and full-back Nick Jackson. Clark hopes more current and new players will put pen-to-paper.
Two definite departures are full-back Matty Evans, who has joined Deeping Rangers, and goalkeeper Chris Wright, who is being strongly linked with Boston Town. Player-coach Ben Sedgemore, meanwhile, has retired.