Macleod, Bannister, Sansby and Murphy join Clarets for coming campaign
Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode is backing his quartet of new signings to help keep moving the United Counties League club forward.
Goode has added Peterborough Sports duo Jordan Macleod and Dan Bannister, former Spalding and Wisbech midfielder Sam Murphy and one-time Stamford play-maker Jake Sansby to his squad which finished second in the Premier Division last season.
With 10 players from last season – goalkeeper Lewis Elsom, defenders Dan Flack, Luke Andersen and Luke Hunnings, midfielders Dan Jarvis, Charlie Coulson, Michael Simpson and Matt Carter, top scorer Scott Mooney and skipper David Burton-Jones - already committed to the club, Goode has set his sights on bettering their previous campaign.
He said: “Last season we were second when there was only one promotion place.
“But we decided to stay on as a management team with a board that is committed to working with us in the top areas of the league, without doing anything that’s unsustainable.
“We’ve lost three brilliant players - Dan Schiavi who has settled in the USA, Cameron Johnson to Peterborough Sports and Henry Dunn who is moving away from the area and is also going to throw himself into triathlon.
“But we’re in a position now with the new arrivals where we can move forward with the lads who have committed to us.”
Macleod and Bannister were both part of the Peterborough Sports squad that lifted the Premier Division title in 2016/17 when Rangers finished in second spot while Murphy helped Wisbech secure second spot and promotion to the Evo-Stik League the following season.
Sansby scored 14 Premier Division goals for Peterborough Northern Star last season while also spending a couple of months with Stamford before returning to finish the campaign in the United Counties League.
Goode added: “We finished last season in a pretty strong place, in terms of position.
“But the squad was getting pretty thin as we lost Dan Schiavi, arguably one of the best players in the league, with eight weeks to go.
“It was a massive blow and we started the close season trying to find someone who can play in that position.
“Dan Bannister played for me when I was managing Peterborough Northern Star and he was a key man for Peterborough Sports when they won the Premier League title two years ago.
“He’s a midfield dynamo, box-to-box, who scores goals and lives locally. At the age of 25, he has lots to give but he didn’t play as much for Sports last season so we’ve got to get him up to speed.
“Sam Murphy brings with him the experience of being a key man in successful teams at Spalding and Wisbech while Jake is an exciting, goalscoring talent.
“As for Jordan, I know what he can offer because I managed him at Peterborough Northern Star. When you’re trying to find a replacement for Cameron Johnson, Jordan is as good as anyone you can get.”