THE Daniels are facing a difficult clash on Monday when Evo Stik Division One South leaders Barwell are the visitors to the Vic Couzens Stadium, weather permitting.
The Leicestershire club, unbeaten champions of the Midland Alliance last season, have made the transition to step four look easy and are on course for back to back promotions despite losing the services of successful manager Marcus Law to Conference club Kettering Town a couple of months ago.
Daniels new signings Gary King, Ryan Oliver, Adam Millson, Nathan Adams and Dean West may be able to get a run out.
Manager Simon Clarke said: “Barwell have got a really good budget, good footballers and it will be a strong test. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll pick up a good results.
Dean West arrives from Corby on dual registration. West numbers Lincoln City, Bury, Burnley and Boston United among his previous clubs.
Also checking in at the Vic Couzens Stadium is striker Nathan Adams. He had a loan spell with Stamford during November but after being released by parent club Lincoln City he has now joined the Daniels on a permanent deal.
Other new additions to the squad who could be given debuts are ex-Boston United player of the year Adam Millson, signed from King’s Lynn and Daniels youth team product Ryan Oliver who has scored nine goals for Deeping this season.
Former Lincoln City and Accrington striker Gary King, who is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, is now a target for Conference North club Harrogate Town who have submitted a seven day approach.
The influx of players is a much-needed boost to the Daniels who have struggled with numbers in recent months, forcing Clarke at times to name himself as a sub and even play.
He said: “Ideally I want 18 lads all on contract, all pushing for the first team, but at this level you don’t get that.
“With the weather we’re going to have a lot of games so I’m going to need a big squad. We like to play at a high tempo and that’ll continue.”
Despite the weather the Daniels have trained twice a week and Clarke says fitness won’t be an issue for the young side, the key is how they play on the pitch.
He said West’s experience would help on the pitch to galvanise and co-ordinate the Daniels and the other signings all added strengths to the team.
“Barwell have got a really good budget, good footballers and it will be a strong test. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll pick up a good result.
The Daniels are offering a discount on Monday’s admission to anyone with a Peterborough United season ticket. On production of a current season Posh season ticket at the turnstiles, spectators will be able to watch the Daniels take on the league leaders at the membership price of £6 (£4 concessions).