After revealing the identities of three more summer signings, taking his total to six, AFC Sudbury manager David Batch is not done yet.
Striker Jamie Forshaw, 22 — a Ryman League Division One North winner with Lowestoft Town — and powerful defender Ben Lewis, 20, — a long throw specialist —have both joined Batch at his new club from his previous employers Wroxham.
The 2010/11 supporters’ player-of-the-year Nathan Clarke has also signed non-contract terms as he looks to put an injury-hit campaign at Needham Market behind him.
But after seeing the players on the training pitch for the first time on Tuesday night, the Yellows’ chief is not ruling out several more additions before the season kicks off on August 10.
“There will quite possibly be more,” he said. “We have now started training which has given me the opportunity to look at people and the ones that come now are the ones that will improve the group of the ones we already have.
“We probably need 18 contenders for a starting place and we are possibly not quite there yet.”
Two unnamed trialists joined in training on Tuesday and will again tonight, as they look to win themselves a long-term stay at King’s Marsh.
Pacey striker Forshaw, who came through the youth ranks at Norwich City and also had a spell with Southend United, is a player Batch believes will add a new dimension to his forward line.
Of the player who was called up to Soctland Under-16 squad in 2006, he said: “He scored a lot of goals before for Lowestoft as he went through this league and the league above.
“Last season was a bit disappointing as he did not play the whole of the season at King’s Lynn. I took him to Wroxham and it took a month to get in the side and then an injury ruled him out.
“He is a player, once I know he is fit and has got a good pre-season in him, who can give us a type of player we have not got.
“He is quick and he can get into the channels and the box, and if you want the ball to drop to anyone there it is Forshaw.
“He is able to score all types of goals though, tap-ins or I have seen him score ones from 30 yards.”
Lewis, who boxed for 10 years and has a 40-yard throw in his armoury, was picked up by Batch last pre-season playing three leagues below Sudbury’s level, but soon thrived.
“I ear-marked him for a season with the reserve team at Wroxham to see how things progressed, but he got in a lot quicker than I thought,” said the AFC boss.
“He is a solid defender, very strong in the tackle and physically built like a man-mountain.
“He is very quick and a good player. He can take a throw-in 40 yards and he is actually quite good coming forward and distributing and he probably doesn’t do that enough.”
He added of the player who played left wing-back against Sudbury last season but played mainly as a right-back at Wroxham: “Ben is not the finished article by any stretch, it is the same with Jamie to a certain extent.
“But I am looking at players who can get better and are good enough for this level, and if they improve as I’ve seen them improve inn the past, they could go a level higher.”
After having to drop down a league to re-discover some form at former club Walsham-le-Willows from Needham last season before going on to play three games on loan at Sudbury, Batch believes it is now down to Nathan Clarke to prove himself.
“I have a blank sheet of paper and that suits Nathan at the moment,” he said. “He walked away from his contRact (at Needham) which he could have sat on.
“The nature of the deal means the onus is very much on him.”
Clarke scored 11 times from defence for AFC in 2011/12.