Bognor Regis Town have signed midfield trio Joe Lea, Pat Suraci and Tommy Scutt as their summer squad strengthening gathers pace.

And more signings could follow once the management have run the rule over other potential recruits in more friendlies.
Lea was in Southampton’s youth set-up from the age of nine but was released at 18.

He went to Yeovil Town last year and played in a Capital One Cup tie with Everton before going on loan to Gosport Borough for the second half of the 2016/17 season.

Suraci, who tends to play a more forward role, came through the youth system at AFC Bournemouth and has also played for Gosport.

Scutt is a product of Portsmouth’s youth system, who the Rocks first picked up on last season.
They all look like good players with the ability to play at National League South level.

But Bognor won’t be signing left-back Tom Bird.

Like the midfield trio, he impressed in last Saturday’s 2-0 friendly loss to Pompey, but he is Basingstoke-based and would have found it tough travelling down to train.

General manager Jack Pearce said they were pleased to get another three players signed on: “They all look like good players with the ability to play at National League South level,” he said. “We won’t be signing Tom Bird but that’s nothing to do with his ability.”

Other would-be Rocks, including young forward Kieran Rowe, who has been brought to the club by captain Sami El-Abd, will be given further chances to impress as the programme of friendlies continues.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Dan Lincoln has been back in a Bognor shirt for the friendly games and the Rocks remain hopeful he will be with them again this season.

Full-back Calvin Davies, who has also played in the Rocks’ friendlies, is having a trial with Sky Bet Championship outfit Bristol City.


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