AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold has backed new signing Adam Tann to fill the experience void left by Ollie Berquez.
After 85 appearances for the Yellows, veteran midfielder Berquez called time on his career following the club’s promotion to the Ryman League Premier Division at the end of last season.
His departure left Godbold’s squad a little short in terms of know-how, which brought about the subsequent interest in Tann.
The versatile defender made more than 200 Football League appearances for Cambridge United, Leyton Orient and Notts County, before dropping into non-League with Histon, Chelmsford City, Bury Town, Leiston, and most recently, St Neots Town.
Having turned 34 earlier this year, Godbold believes that Tann has all the credentials to act as a mentor for his younger team-mates.
“I am really pleased to have secured someone as experienced as Adam,” said Godbold.
“He knows that he is coming towards the end of his career, so he just wants to his enjoy his football and that suits us.
“Ollie left some big boots to fill because he was a great support to the more youthful players in the team.
“But Adam will fill that position. He has played hundreds of games at very good levels and that is a big plus.
“He will be a calming influence both on and off the pitch, which we are going to need in a league where a lot of players have never played before.”
Tann’s arrival has taken the total number of pre-season additions at The Wardale Williams Stadium to three.
Thirteen of the promotion-winning squad have also committed their futures to the club, which means that Godbold’s squad ahead of the August 13 kick-off is taking shape.
However, despite having a number of options already at his disposal, the boss is refusing to rule out further signings over the coming weeks.
“Pre-season always tends to throw up some interesting options,” Godbold added.
“I would not say that we are done yet, but any other players coming in would need to be the right fit.
“We are building a squad, not just 11 players.
“At the start of the summer we stressed that it was quality over quantity.
“I do not want to upset the dynamics and make this a revolving door, but never say never about more coming in.”
n At the recent Ryman League AGM, it was announced that AFC’s Marcus Garnham, Ben Robinson, Ryan Henshaw and Craig Parker had all been voted in the Division One North Team of the Year for 2015-16.
n Meanwhile, the club have announced that their friendly with Sky Bet League Two side Colchester United has been cancelled.
Sudbury had been due to face the U’s at home on July 16, but a change in circumstances has resulted in the game being called off.
n Two new floodlights have been installed at The Wardale Williams Stadium,
One is located near the players’ tunnel, with the other placed next to the Shed Stand.
The week eight winners of the AFC Gold fund-raiser were: £100 (280) Mr S Haynes c/o Lees Barbers; £10 (251) Mr C Booth, High Barnet; £10 (163) Mr B Jones, Glemsford,