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Pearce on to forward thinking after the Rocks re-sign Block

Bognor boss Jack Pearce says the club is in good shape ahead of the new season – despite no strikers yet signing on at Nyewood Lane for next year.


The Rocks are very much in rebuilding mode after their relegation from National South back into the Isthmian Premier.


Their ranks were boosted in the past week with the news that teenage midfielder Tommy Block had committed his immediate future to the club.


That took the summer signing spree to ten – with defenders Doug Tuck, Corey Heath, Keaton Wood, Chad Field and Calvin Davies joining midfielders Harvey Whyte, Tommy Scutt, Harvey Sparks and Dan Beck in the Bognor ranks.


More new signings are expected soon – with the emphasis expected to be at the business end of the pitch.


Pearce said: “Things are generally going well, we are in a good place. We have signed very well defensively although we’re still perhaps looking for a left back to upgrade there.


“We are quite happy with the midfield balance but we need to now focus on the forward area which always takes time.”


It was up front where Bognor struggled last season, scoring just 41 goals in 42 league matches in the past campaign.


But, despite having no strikers on the books, Pearce was relaxed about finding the players needed to fire the Rocks to success.


The veteran manager admitted that much depended on whether Jimmy Muitt and Ollie Pearce committed their futures to the club.


He said: “You have to bear in mind that we’re trying to find a balance. There is no point in signing the players we have if we don’t get the players to turn those chances into goals.


“I think Ollie and Jimmy will score at this level but we also need to think about a physical presence. Once we know where we are with them, we can think about other options.


“We are talking to both this weekend so we will be in a better position then.”


Another player from last year still to commit is goalkeeper Dan Lincoln, pictured left, who is thought to be waiting for offers from clubs closer to his home in Reading.


Pearce said he hopes for some clarity on the keeper’s position in the next couple of weeks.


One player who was persuaded to stay was Block, 18, who rejected offers from elsewhere to re-sign for his hometown club.


Pearce said: “Tommy has a bright future ahead of him in the game and we hope that he will continue to develop under our tutelage.


“He deserves lots of credit for his performances last season. We should remember his age and that he played most of the season for us in a tough league in a side that was relegated.”

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