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On his squad strengthening

The aim of a manager is to constantly improve and we have made a number of signings over the summer, which I feel has strengthened the squad. Ian Simpemba has signed from Crawley – he’s a fine right back who has represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level. At left back we have signed Lewis Hamilton, who has played at Aldershot, QPR and Derby. Lewis Cook is a very exciting left winger who has already scored three goals in pre season training. Andy Drury is a right winger who is a real crowd-pleaser. He’s got unbelievable ball-skills and has really impressed in pre-season. Gary Holloway is a midfielder of really high calibre who turned down a League contract to Chester because of work commitments: we are very fortunate to have picked him up. Jay Saunders is a goal-scoring midfielder we picked up from Gravesend, who is good at making late runs into the box. He’s a 10-goal-a-season midfielder; in fact he got 15 last season. Up front we have signed Paul Booth from Cambridge City. He was the top scorer in non-league football last season, with 35 goals for Cambridge City. Another central midfielder we’ve signed up is Anthony Storey, who played for us a couple of seasons back. He scored 13 from central midfield for Eastbourne Borough last season: he used to play for Middlesbrough, and Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier. Finally there’s striker Jamie Cade, who made a very decent contribution on loan from Crawley last season.”

Rookie Rook: Lewes’ Lewis Cook