AFC Sudbury manager David Batch was last night hoping to tie up a deal for one of his top transfer targets before announcing six others.
The five senior players and one under-18 already signed on include a recent promotion winner at AFC’s level and three players who have regularly been playing higher up the football pyramid.
But the club have missed out on Ipswich Wanderers’ promotion-winning striker Remi Garrett, who has gone to arch rivals Bury Town, while Haverhill Rovers’ star frontman Dan Cornwell has turned down an approach from the Yellows to stay in the league below.
Batch is confident the players he has got though can take the club to the next level, following their play-off chase tailing off last season.
“Of the five senior players we have signed so far, three of them have regularly won things at this level and the level above,” he said. “I am hoping they will bring in experience and a nice bit of balance to our side, which last year was a predominantly young group.
“Three of them pretty much spent most of their careers at the level above and Conference South level.
“One of them is an up-and-coming talent who has made 20-odd appearances last year at our level and even next season will be an under-18 player.
“The other two have played higher, but more recently have been playing at teams in our league.”
The AFC chief said excessive demands were behind the deal for former Hadleigh striker Garrett, who scored 32 goals in as many league games for Wanderers last season, falling through.
“We did offer Remi an opportunity, but we were not prepared to go anywhere near what he told us Bury were prepared to pay him,” he said.
He also said a second offer had come in for Scott Mitchell from Leiston, but was still ‘nowhere near’ their valuation.
Meanwhile, former Long Melford coach Craig Power has been announced as the manager of the new under-18s side, with Leiston youth coach David Cannon the assistant to reserves manager and senior youth development coach Danny Laws.
Mike Ford, who moved back to the club towards the end of last season from a performance analyst role at Halstead Town, has been appointed chief scout.
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