10 new signings, 7 players re-sign - but Duffy and Burgess among Daniels departures
Daniels boss Graham Drury has declared himself delighted with his extensive summer recruitment campaign following the departure of several influential players.
Ten new signings have been unveiled by the Northern Premier League South East club during the past seven days with Drury so far also retaining the services of seven of last season’s squad.
Harry Vince, Jack Keeble, Danny Setchell and Daniel Swan were newcomers to the Daniels ranks this week after Mike Armstrong, Rob Morgan, Jon Challinor, Josh Egginton, Liam Adams, Ollie Brown-Hill and goalkeeper Dan Haystead agreed to extend their stays at the Zeeco Stadium.
That followed on from Charlie Ward, Sean Wright, Sam Hill, Tom Siddons, Ollie Luto and Cleveland Taylor all agreeing terms last week.
However, last season’s skipper Jake Duffy and top goalscorer Joe Burgess have departed the Daniels with Southern League Central Division side Corby Town their likely destination.
Ryan Seal is also expected to join United Counties League Premier Division side Rugby Town while Academy graduate Harry Peasgood is set to link up with former Daniels assistant boss Danny Hussey at Holbeach United. Jordon Cooke and Gregg Smith have already been announced as new signings by Matlock and Grantham respectively.
Drury commented: “I’m pleased with all the signings. They are just the type of players we’re looking for.
“Danny Setchell scored 12 goals and got 24 assists for Wisbech last season which is a cracking return. He’s very good at the dead balls and is a free-kick specialist who will chip in with goals.
“Jack Keeble was manager’s players of the year at Wisbech last season and he’s a lad I’ve always been impressed with.
“He was with Grimsby Town so he’s had a decent footballing education. He wants to do well in the game and I’m chuffed to have him.
“Harry Vince is an all-action player who is full of energy and, for a young lad, he’s had a lot of higher level experience with Matlock, Grantham and Boston United.
“He’s another high energy player which is what we’re looking for because that’s going to be the key for us this year.
“We’ve got youth, experience with the likes of Cleveland Taylor, Jon Challinor and Dan Haystead as well as mid-age range players like Mike Armstrong and Rob Morgan while Dan Swan gives us good competition in the goalkeeping department as well so I’m pretty pleased with my recruitment so far.”
The departure of Duffy comes after the midfield play-maker has spent the past four seasons with Stamford having followed boss Drury to the club from Holbeach United.
He will always be remembered by the Daniels faithful for scoring the goal at Wrexham that put Stamford into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Drury said: “It’s the right time for Jake to move on. I feel he needs a new challenge.
“He’s always been very loyal to myself and we’ve worked together for a long time so it was difficult decision for both of us, but it’s the right time for both parties for him to try something different.
“He’s been a great player for us and he’s been a pleasure to work with. He was my skipper for a reason because he’s really good to have in the changing rooms, but he’s gone for the right reasons.”
Burgess was Stamford’s top scorer last season with 12 goals and also got Drury’s vote as manager’s player of the year.
The Daniels manager added: “Joe did really well last year so it’s tough to lose him after his high-quality performances.”
Drury will be assisted for the coming campaign by the returning Paul Holden who will be supported by Jon Challinor - in a joint playing role - and Alex Cross.
Mike Hogg will be the goalkeeper coach, supported by Tom Haystead, with Natalie Halliday appointed as the new physio.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson will be sending his entire first team squad to Stamford on Wednesday night for the Daniels’ opening pre-season friendly.
The League One’s side visit to the Zeeco Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm) is their first pre-season match on English soil after returning from a training camp in La Manga.
Ferguson said: “Players will be limited to 45 minutes apiece.”