FOOTBALL: Deeping Rangers make intentions clear
Deeping Rangers are making their ambitions perfectly clear ahead of a new Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division season.
Clarets boss Michael Goode has announced four new signing, on top of the eight players who have re-committed their futures to the club.
Ex-Spalding Town and Wisbech Town midfielder Sam Murphy joins another one-time Tulip, Dan Bannister, and one-time AFC Stamford midfielder Jake Sansby in moving to the Hayden Witham Stadium.
Sansby scored 14 goals in 38 games last season for Peterborough Northern Star and will find himself in good company at Deeping with another ex-Star, exciting striking Jordan Macleod who worked with Goode at the same Peterborough club four years ago.
Goode said: “Last season we were second when there was only one promotion place.
“But we decided to stay on as a management team with a board that is committed to working with us in the top areas of the league, without doing anything that’s unsustainable.
“We’ve lost three brilliant players, Dan Schiavi who has settled in the USA, Cameron Johnson and Henry Dunn who is moving away from the area and is also going to throw himself into triathlon.
“But we’re in a position where we can move forward with the lads who have committed to us.”
Murphy, Bannister, Sansby and Macleod join Rangers’ “Mr Reliable”, club captain David Burton-Jones, right back Dan Flack, midfielders Luke Hunnings and Charlie Coulson, left back Luke Anderson, promising goalkeeper Lewis Elsom, ex-Peterborough United youth player Dan Jarvis and striker Scott Mooney in staying with the Clarets.
Goode said: “We finished last season in a pretty strong place, in terms of position.
“But the squad was getting pretty thin s we lost Dan Schiavi, arguably one of the best players in the league, with eight weeks to go.
“It was a massive blow and we started the close season trying to find someone who can play in that position.
“Dan Bannister played for me when I was managing Peterborough Northern Star and he was a key man for Peterborough Sports when they won the Premier League title two years ago.
“He’s a midfield dynamo, box-to-box, who scores goals and lives locally.
“At the age of 25, he has lots to give but he didn’t play as much for Sports last season so we’ve got to get him up to speed.
“Sam Murphy brings with him the experience of being a key man in successful teams at Spalding and Wisbech, while Jake is an exciting, goal-scoring talent. As for Jordan, I know what he can offer because I managed him at Peterborough Northern Star.
“But when you’re trying to find a replacement for Cameron Johnson, Jordan is as good as anyone you can get.”