A NEW-look Daniels will begin to take shape tomorrow as Tommy Brookbanks begins to mould his side and integrate new players.
With the departure of a trio of players from Simon Clark’s era, Brookbanks has been quick to recruit replacements with strikers Bruno Holden and Nick Ghislanzone, and winger Nathan Watson all arriving at the Premier Kitchens Arena hot on the heels of centre back Joe Pheasant.
All are likely to feature tomorrow when Quorn visit the Premier Kitchens Arean and the new boss is keen for the club to look forward after several weeks of uncertainty.
Striker Gary King has followed Clark to Worksop Town and Stamford confirmed on Wednesday that star wideman Lee Beeson has joined another former Daniel Sam Mullarkey at Conference side Corby Town.
Brookbanks said: “Those deals were more or less concluded before I got here. The rest all seem happy.
“Now it’s time to move on and we will rebuild the squad.
“We have signed Bruno Holden from Brigg. He is a great signing. I rate him very highly. And we have Nick Ghislanzone. He’s 6’2” but good on the ground, better than a lot of people will think for his height.”
The Daniels confirmed yesterday that 16-year-old former Norwich City and Posh player Marcello Schiavone has also joined the Daniels.
Ghislanzone, like Watson, arrives from Brookbanks’ former club Hucknall and Stamford’s boss is looking for more players to build up a squad that had been reduced to a bare minimum under Clark’s stewardship.
“We have a couple of defenders who we are hoping to sign and we have to strengthen the bench as well,” said Brookbanks, who watched several candidates to join his squad in a friendly against Stamford’s academy side on Wednesday evening.
But he also warned it would take at least a month for players to gel and he added that last weekend’s 4-1 loss to Leek was a reminder that the side always needed strengthening
He added: “If we can pick up results over the next month I will be very happy.
“Then in December we will be going away for a team bonding session. I have always done it during my career; it helps gel the dressing room.”
Beeson, who was signed by Tuncay korkmaz from Grantham Town two years ago, was under contract at Stamford who received an undisclosed fee for last season’s top scorer.
Corby, run by former Daniels chief Grahan Drury, have also agreed a sell-on clause for any future transfer from The Steelmen.
Stamford chairman John Drewnicki said: “I’m sure our fans will be gutted to see Lee leave but there is no way we would stand in his way. He has done superbly for Stamford and moves on with our best wishes.”