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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club St Ives Town have announced three new additions ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Manager Ricky Marheineke has confirmed deals have been agreed in principle with Brett Longden, Jimmy Hartley and Phil Draycott.

Right-back Longden is 23 years old and joins from league rivals Chesham United.

The former Luton Town professional has had loan spells at Boreham Wood and Mainenhead United as well as being part of the St Neots Town side to reach the play-off final during the 2014/15 season.

Attacker Hartley joins from Southern Division One Central side Barton Rovers where he helped the club reach the play-off final last season.

Jimmy Hartley

Hartley is a young and exciting winger who is comfortable playing on either side of a four-man midfield or in a front three.

And finally, the Saints welcome back to Phil Draycott, who departed the Ives last summer following promotion to the Southern Premier.

He had an unsettled season last term with spells at Barton Rovers, Bedford Town and Spartan South Midlands League outfit Crawley Green, but will be a great addition to the squad for the coming season.

The left-sided midfielder played a huge part in St Ives` successful promotion season.

Phil Draycott

Marheineke said of the signings: “I’m delighted to have agreed deals for the three lads.

“Brett is a fantastic signing. For someone his age, he has tremendous experience at our level of football and has been part of play off hopeful teams during the last few seasons. To have him on board is sign of where we want to take the club and am looking forward to having him involved.

“Jimmy is another great signing. I watched him a few times last season for Barton including our game against them in the FA Cup. He was on every occasion the outstanding player. His is energetic and has the ability to create something from nothing. He’s comfortable in possession of the football and can play in a number of positions. I’m looking forward to working with Jimmy and helping him develop into the player i know he can be.

“Finally, Phil. A lad I was disappointed to lose last summer following our promotion to the Premier Division. Last season didn’t go to plan for Phil, but he has an opportunity to come back to the club and get back on track. I know exactly what Phil has to offer and he returns knowing exactly what we expect of him.

“All three boys will improve our already settled squad and I’m confident they will play a big part in helping us move the club forward in our challenging season ahead.”

Goalkeeper Tim Trebes, full-backs Jack Bradshaw and Jordan Jarrold, central defenders Lee Chaffey, Liam McDevitt and Charlie De’Ath, midfielders Tom McGowan, Peter Clark and Eugene Libertucci, winger Ben Seymour-Shove, and strike pair Danny Kelly and Dubi Ogbonna have all agreed to stay, but Charlie Day has not committed due to going travelling.


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