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Lincoln signs for another year – with more new faces likely

Rocks’ manager Jack Pearce has admitted he is delighted after goalkeeper Dan Lincoln committed his foreseeable future to Bognor.


The former Reading trainee was one of the stand out-performers as the Nyewood Road club sealed promotion to National League South last season.


Some Rocks’ fans feared that Lincoln would be moved by options elsewhere, particularly after pre-season had started and he still had not agreed a deal.


But, like most of last season’s tight-knit squad, the keeper has committed to at least one more season at Nyewood Lane.


Pearce said: “We have agreed a financial package with Dan and he will be with us for the next season. I’m delighted as he was one of the best goalkeepers, if not the best goalkeeper, in the Ryman Premier last year.


“I’m sure he will be one of the best goalkeepers in the National League South this year so to have him signed up is good for supporters and players. I hope he continues to play as well as he has for the coming season.”


After missing the first pre-season match away at Worthing, Lincoln reminded Rocks’ fans of his skills between the posts with a string of fine saves in the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth.


He continued that form on Wednesday during the 2-1 loss against League Two Crawley Town, with both the visitors’ goals coming late on after Lincoln had been substituted.


Before those two late strikes, the Rocks looked in control with Ollie Pearce giving Bognor the lead mid-way through the first half after rounding the goalkeeper.


The match against a side two divisions above them also saw right back Calvin Davies return while new additions Pat Suraci, Joe Lea and Tommy Scutt had the chance to impress in front of a home crowd for the first time since signing.


Pearce praised the way the young trio had adapted to life at Nyewood Lane – and hinted there could be more additions before the season opener against Bath City on August 5.


He said: “They suit the profile of what we’re looking for and hopefully they will turn out to be as successful as we think they will.”


Pearce added: “Crawley was a good test for us. It was good to see how we performed against a side that kept the ball well and forced us to defend. I think the squad is looking good and we’re all happy with things at the moment and we’re happy to see how things develop moving forward.


“We’re not finished yet for the summer, though, and we’re still hopeful that we can add a couple more players in the next few days or so. These are from other clubs, we are having them watched so, hopefully, we can have news on that soon.”

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