Quartet sign up to bolster City squad

ON BOARD: Danny Jackman in action for Worcester City against Stratford Town.

ON BOARD: Danny Jackman in action for Worcester City against Stratford Town.

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FOUR more players have committed their futures to Worcester City as the new season fast approaches.

Former Kidderminster Harriers player Danny Jackman, who is from Worcester, and ex-Tamworth left-sided player Connor Gudger have both agreed terms for 2014-15.

They are joined by centre-half Jacob Rowe, who returns to the club after a year away, and keeper Jose Veiga.

With just under three weeks to go until the Conference North curtain-raiser against Stalybridge Celtic at Aggborough on Saturday, August 9, manager Carl Heeley’s squad is taking shape.

The quartet were involved in Saturday’s 2-0 warm-up victory against Stratford Town, with 21-year-old Gudger scoring the first goal after four minutes at the DCS Stadium.

Heeley said: “If you’d have told me we’d be signing Danny, who was with Kidderminster, at the end of last season I would have thought you were winding me up.

“He’s 31 so there’s plenty of football left in him and he’s a great acquisition.

“We’ve seen the benefit of Connor, he works incredibly hard, he’s versatile and can play anywhere down the left side.

“He’s tenacious and got a good goal on Saturday with a great run off the touchline so I think he’s a great acquisition as well.

“Danny and Connor were both full-time footballers last season in the Conference Premier, they bring great experience to us.”

The City boss continued: “Jacob has been away but we had an agreement that when he came back we’d take him.

“It’s great to have him back and I think he strengthens the options at the back.

“To have two keepers like Nathan Vaughan and Jose committing as well, I don’t think we can get much better than that in all honesty.”

Former Hereford United captain Rob Purdie, ex-Nuneaton midfielder Phil Trainer and Dave McDermott, who has played for Harriers and York City, remain on trial with the Blue and Whites, who visit Redditch United tomorrow (7.45pm).

Heeley said: “They are all here on trial and I’m not one for dragging lads through pre-season and on the final Friday before the season say ‘sorry, I can’t help you’.

“We’re seriously looking but it’s about getting the right balance and right players that we need within our squad that we can afford.

“It’s a bit too soon to say whether they’ll definitely be our players or not, I don’t know, but they’re good options and they’ve done well.”

Other players still in the mix for consideration are forward Aaron Williams, who has been offered terms, and midfielder Ebby Nelson-Addy, although neither featured at the weekend.

Heeley said: “There might be one or two little tweaks but we’d like to think we’re not far away with the squad.

“Hopefully, after the next couple of games, we’ll pretty much have the players that we’re looking to work with and finalise a few things before the season kicks off.”

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