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Jarrow Roofing have completed the signings of a further four players as they continue their preparations for the 2016/17 Ebac Northern League First Division season.

Andy Jennison, Nick Hay, Tom Bailey and Nathan Johnson have put pen-to-paper and have all been involved in the Roofing’s two pre-season friendlies this week – a 5-3 reverse at Second Division outfit Billingham Synthonia last Saturday and Thursday evening’s 8-0 win against Wearside League neighbours Harton & Westoe CW.

Completing the new arrivals involved were Calvin Smith and Kris Hughes, who had completed deals before the pre-season training started.

Jennison, a goalkeeper who lists Team Northumbria and Whitley Bay amongst his former clubs as well as Durham City, from where he signed for the Roofers, played the entirety of the two games and says that the quality in Roofing’s side was a key factor in his move: “I knew a few of the lads before signing, as well as Paul Johnson who’s arrived as a coach.

“Speaking to the coaches, there seemed to be a real belief that Jarrow Roofing can do well this season. I wanted to be a part of that.”

The ‘keeper, who links up with former Bay team-mate Michael Laws, has already set his sights on a strong season between the sticks for the Roofers: “I’m someone who always wants to be involved with the game, whether that’s making saves or playing out from the back with the ball at my feet.”

It’s clear that Jennison’s desire for success spreads further than just his own game, believing the Roofers can improve on last season’s efforts: “We should be looking towards the top eight of the table at least. I wasn’t here last term but it was clear that the team were better than their final standing”.

“I’d like a good run in the FA Cup and I’m expecting yet another Northern League team to win the FA Vase because of the quality in the division, so hopefully we can have a good go at that.”

Kris Hughes also spoke in the aftermath of his second Roofing debut of the influence coach Paul Johnson played in his decision to return to the club.

“I know Paul from the time we spent at Whitley Bay last year and know that he promotes a style of play that suits my game.

“I hope that we can win as many games as possible and that I can produce as many assists and goals as possible for the team.”

Hughes, whose CV boasts time spent at Sunderland as a youngster, as well as at Consett, South Shields and a previous spell at Roofing, also paid tribute to manager-chairman Richie McLoughlin.

“Richie knows me well and I have a lot of respect for the dedication he puts into the club and I hope we can bring him some success.

“I’m a massive team player. I like to get on the ball and create chances for my team-mates – I’ll run all day!”

Having spoken towards the end of last season of his desire to achieve some consistency within his team selections, McLoughlin will no doubt be pleased with his squad to date as he looks ahead to their FA Cup curtain raiser at North Shields on 6th August.

The arrival of Paul Johnson to the club as head of coaching and development is another move by the club to maximise the potential of the players. Johnson, who won the second division and League Cup when managing Team North, has also had spells as a coach at Nottingham Forest and was assistant manager at Whitley Bay last season.

The new head of coaching and development will work on the training field with assistance from assistant-manager Ian Davison and goalkeeper coach Andy Hudson.

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