Farnham Town have wasted no time putting their squad together for their assault on Combined Counties Premier Division South promotion next season.
Ten players have agreed to remain at Farnham, while six new players have been recruited to bolster manager Paul Johnson’s promotion push.
Lamin Ceesay, Lamar Koroma, Shamal Edwards, Pat Nash, Tom Smith, Matt Surmon, Lewis Flatman, Ange Djadja, Max Meaton and Owen Dean are all staying at The Memorial Ground.
Mick Kinsella, Darryl Sanders, Guy Hollis, Charlie Postance, Jack Dean and Harry Cooksley have all been recruited.
Centre-back Hollis brings a wealth of experience from his time at Slough Town and Bracknell Town, and defender Kinsella will also bolster the backline.
Sanders and right-back Jack Dean both join from Southern League outfit Bracknell Town.
Postance was the top scorer in the Combined Counties Premier Division South last season, scoring 32 goals for Abbey Rangers.
Hartley Wintney captain Cooksley is dropping down a league from the Isthmian League South Central Division.
The midfielder has also previously played for Farnborough.
Farnham manager Johnson is delighted with how his squad is coming together.
“I’m really pleased,” said Johnson. “We’ve got a good squad of 16 players. The six players we’ve recruited were all on our list and are special players.
“We maybe might get a couple more players to take us up to 18.
“Jack Dean is very versatile and can play in different positions, which gives us good options.
“Nothing is guaranteed next season, but getting all these players in is a great starting point.”
Johnson also paid tribute to the club’s success off the pitch, and the big crowds packing The Memorial Ground, for helping to attract players to the club.
A crowd of 1,143 watched the Southern Combination Cup final victory against Balham last month, while 1,070 watched the 2-1 Coxbridge derby victory against Badshot Lea. The club also recently announced a new partnership with global brewery and pub chain BrewDog.
“Everything the club are doing off the pitch helps to attract players,” said Johnson.
Attention is now turning towards pre-season, and Johnson can’t wait to get started.
“We’ll be back in for pre-season on Tuesday, June 27,” he said.
“During pre-season we’ll also spend some time together away as a group so the new lads can settle in right away.”