Staffy’s Daniels side is starting to take shape

Stamford manager David Staff
Stamford manager David Staff
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The arrival of goalkeeper Laurie Pearson at Kettering Road completes the spine of The Daniels’ side ahead of the 2012-13 season.

Pearson is the third player to agree terms with Stamford boss David Staff this week and brings his squad to eleven with more players to join before pre-season training starts in July.

Left-sided duo Nathan Haines and Richard Wesley signed at the start of the week.

“I have done my homework on every single player and the spine of the side is sorted,” Staff said yesterday.

“It’s reassuring to have a quality goalkeeper. It’s such an important position and it’s comforting to know that we have 11 good quality lads.”

Pearson arrives from Loughborough Dynamo, although he didn’t play when the Leicestershire side won as Stamford late last season.

The Stamford manager added: “I know a lot of managers have been impressed by him.

“It sometimes takes time at the lower clubs to get the attention a player deserves but he’s very commanding in his box.

“He was a Loughborough for four years and made very few mistakes.”

The two left-sided recruits both played with Bedworth in the Southern League last season and Staff has high hopes for both.

Haines completes a provisional back line alongside Tom Batchelor, Sean Wright and skipper Richard Jones.

“We have needed a left back for some time,” said Staff.

“Nathan has come from nowhere in the last few years and was his club’s player of the year last season.

“We have beaten two conference North clubs to his signature. Both were very keen on the lad. Nathan will be a real asset to us.”

Midfielder Wesley is most likely to line up in from of Haines, completing a midfield quartet that currently boasts Liam Richardson, Alvin Jarvis and Ash Robinson

“Richard has played ata few clubs and will offer us something s bit different on the left,” said Staff.

“I had highlighted both as potential signings well before last season had ended.

“They are fantastic lads and the right kind of player for this level.”

His only major setback this week was the sudden departure of winger Andy Hall, who after earlier agreeing terms with Stamford, has accepted an offer from King’s Lynn.

It’s a scenario the Stamford boss is keen to avoid again.

He added: “We thought we had secured him but that is football.

“We will make sure we get something signed each time in future. It is really importnat to have a settled team.”