We are delighted to announce that the club have signed Justin Bennett and Joe Oastler to the squad ahead of the 2017/18 season. The pair are the first signings to Mark Jones' squad this season.
Justin Bennett has signed from Salisbury F.C, having scoring over 40 goals in all competitions for them last season. He has previously spent a lot of time in the National League South with Gosport Borough, scoring well over 250 goals in his time there. Justin has also featured for Poole Town and Eastleigh previous to his spell at Gosport Borough.
Joe Oastler has joined from Gosport Borough, where he was their captain. He played every minute of their campaign, and impressed, despite their relegation to the Southern League. Joe's portfolio boasts 114 Football League appearances, playing 113 times in the League Two for Torquay United, and once in the Championship for Queen's Park Rangers. More recently, before his time at Gosport, he spent three years at Aldershot Town.
Mark Jones is delighted to add these two to the squad ahead of next season:
We are delighted to have signed Joe and Justin, two very good signings for us, and are both experienced players.
Justin has been prolific at this level, particularly at Gosport, scoring over 250 goals for them. He is a proven goalscorer and goalscoring is definitely something that we need to improve on in our team from last season.
Joe is a player that I’ve had my eye on for a while. I saw him play at Aldershot a couple of seasons ago. I have been impressed with him, and have been following him. He had a good season at Gosport, despite their relegation, playing every game and captained them.
We are currently in the process of talking to two more players, but we should have a lot more information next Wednesday when we should have a few more players signed. We are working hard behind the scenes to get the right players signed, and are delighted to get these two over the line, and are really looking forward to working with them both next season.
Updated 15:34 - 19 Jun 2017 by Frank Thompson