Former Ipswich Town defender Scott Mitchell has joined AFC Sudbury on loan and backed them to challenge at the top of the table.
The 27-year-old from Lowestoft Town joins French defender Michael N’Cho, cousin of Premier League duo Yaya and Kolo Touré, in providing AFC with a double transfer boost ahead of Saturday’s opening game at Thurrock (3pm).
But the Yellows are set to start the new campaign without a chairman after it was announced by the club yesterday Philip Turner has stepped down.
Turner, who took on the role in June 2010, said he was not prepared to comment on the situation but would still be attending games as an honorary member of their Vice-President’s Club.
On the pitch, Mitchell and N’Cho take the number of new signings at the club to 13.
And Mitchell, who made four appearances for Ipswich before his release in 2006 and was a mainstay of Lowestoft’s backline as they lost out in the Ryman Premier play-offs last season, said he has joined with promotion in mind.
After playing in the club’s final friendly, Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat of Walsham-le-Willows, the former Livingston and Peterborough United player said: “Looking from the outside it is a great set-up.
“On a first view on Tuesday they are a great bunch of lads and having played in Ryman One North before I think the club has a great chance of going up.”
Manager David Batch, who hopes to quickly turn it into a permanent deal, said: “We knew that they (Lowestoft) had signed a few centre-halves.
“His circumstances are he is in the last year of university doing a degree and obviously the travelling to Sudbury is a lot less than to Lowestoft.
“I think sometimes people, after three or four years at one place, want a new challenge and I think it was time for him to have a new challenge.
“It was us posing the question and eventually we got there, so I’m pleased with that.”
Ipswich-based Mitchell can also play at right-back or in midfield and joins with 25-year-old N’Cho, who was playing in AS Canne’s reserve side in France’s fourth tier and can play right-back, centre-back or in midfield.
Meanwhile, company secretary Dick Burge has also stepped down.
n Turn to page 70 for Batch’s thoughts on the new season.