Steve Claridge has told Salisbury fans that he is on the look-out for only “four or five” new players for next season as he believes the current squad has the nucleus to do well at a higher level.
At a fans’ forum at the Ray Mac, the manager revealed that the majority of players were already signed up as Salisbury FC gear up for Step 4 football next season – probably the Southern League South and West Division – following the winning of the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division title.
“We’ve already signed up a good number for next season and I’m having talks with others about new deals,” said Steve.
“I’ll probably want to add some, maybe four or five, including a goalkeeper, wide player and forward but we are well off in defence and midfield. We’ve got targets in mind but there are a lot of clubs also recruiting out there as well.”
Steve listed those who have already agreed to re-sign or are already signed for next season as: George Colson, Eddie Perrett, Callum Hart, Calum Brockway, Steve Walker, Jack Vallis, Robbie Matthews, Claudio Herbert, Sam Roberts, Brandon Mundy, Adam Kelly, Dan Demkiv, Danny Young and Kane O’Keefe.
In addition, with the club starting an Under 21 side in the Wyvern League next season, Ashton Leigh and Reece Rusher are expected to remain with more regular football on offer, as well as first-team opportunities. Charlie Blake is also likely to sign playing forms and will also help with first-team physio duties.
Those still discussing deals are: Tom Whelan, Elliot Wheeler, Sam Wilson, Ashley Jarvis, Jamie White, Taurean Roberts and Nathan Ball.
With popular goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot set to depart due to the increased travelling at a higher level, Steve hopes to sign Charlie Searle after his excellent season for Whites on dual registration with Havant and Waterlooville but it will depend on the wishes of his parent club.
“I think the majority of these players are good enough to step up and they deserve the chance to show what they can do after what they have achieved this season,” added Steve.