Bognor boss Jack Pearce says there’s still more work to be done despite the club snapping up two old faces and a new one in the last week.
The Rocks manager has been hitting the phone hard in recent days as he looks to assemble a strong squad ahead of the club’s return to the Isthmian Premier.
Midfield playmaker Doug Tuck was the first to commit to another year at Nyewood Lane this week. That was followed by an announcement which confirmed the return of former club captain Dan
Beck, pictured left, and Harvey Sparks, who has joined from fellow Isthmian Premier side Worthing.
Pearce was extremely pleased with the additions – but vows that more work needs to be done ahead of the side returning to pre-season training in the first week of July.
He said: “The club continues to have conversations with players and we remain very hopeful of bringing together a squad capable of doing the club and the supporters proud.”
The addition of Tuck in the past week is perhaps crucial to the club moving forward.
The midfielder, who reportedly rejected offers from clubs elsewhere to stay at Nyewood Lane, has become integral to the Rocks in recent years. His cool calm nature in the middle of the park means he is often the start of many of Bognor’s attacking moves.
His importance to the team was reflected in him winning the player’s player of the year award at the club’s recent awards evening.
Pearce said: “Doug embodies a lot of what we are about as a club and having him sign for next season is a tremendous bit of news for us.
“It shows we are working hard to continuing to assemble the squad we want in place. Signing players of Tuck’s ability should help ensure we are in a good position for when the season starts.”
The other additions will ensure there is competition for places in the Rocks midfield next term. Sparks, 23, is a left-sided midfielder who scored eight goals in 41 appearances at Woodside Road last term.
Pearce said: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Harvey. He has had six years at Worthing and it’ll do him no harm whatsoever coming to us to try to develop his game further.
“I think we will both benefit from that. Dan is, of course, much respected by me and the supporters, having proved to be such a valuable player for the club over the years. It’s encouraging to have a player of his experience, desire and attitude agree to join us for the new season.
Sparks, Tuck and Beck join Corey Heath, Keaton Wood, Harvey Whyte, Calvin Davies, Tommy Scutt and Chad Field in the Bognor ranks for next season.