Nuneaton Town have agreed terms with three new players as manager Kevin Wilkin builds a squad for the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Hinckley United striker Danny Newton, Boston United midfielder Danny Sleath and Corby Town defender Delroy Gordon join midfielder and fellow new signing Jon Adams alongside ten members of last season’s promotion-winning squad.
Newton, 21, scored thirteen goals for the Knitters last season from open play and can play as a central or left midfielder as well as up front.
As with all players favoured by Wilkin, he has an excellent work rate, reflected by his Hinckley supporters` player of the year award last season.
“I heard Boro were interested in me last season, after I scored against them on Boxing Day, but there was nothing concrete at the time,” Newton said. “I have joined now because they are a bigger club than Hinckley, playing at a higher level and offering a new and bigger challenge.”
The striker came through the reserve ranks at Hinckley after joining from Oadby Town`s youth set up two and a half seasons ago.
He added: I am really very excited by the chance to play for Nuneaton and to prove myself at an even higher level.”
Sleath, 25, is a box-to-box midfielder who started his career at Mansfield Town before winning promotion with Boston and Ilkeston Town.
He turned down several offers from rival Conference Premier clubs to move to the Triton Showers Community Arena.
The 25-year-old, who recently concluded his degree studies in Design Engineering at Loughborough University, played alongside Danny Alcock in the British University Olympics in Beijing last summer.
He said: “I want to play at the highest possible level and from what I’ve seen and heard of Nuneaton, they can match my ambitions.”
Gordon, 27, was also awarded player of the year in 2012 by his former club Corby – an honour he has also won at previous clubs.
He has experience of Conference Premier football from his time at Kettering Town, where he made more than a dozen appearances before playing for Rugby Town and Banbury United.
The pacey defender is also versatile, with the ability to perform just as well at right back as his preferred centre half.
After agreeing terms, he said: “I have a few friends who have played for the Boro in the past and they have told me how great the club and the fans are.
“Justin Marsden and David Stone could not speak highly enough of their time with Boro, and nor could Gary Mills.
“I played against Nuneaton last season and could tell the core of the team had been together for a long time. They were very strong defensively and very, very quick when attacking. They sucker punched us a few times.”