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Rocks ready for pre-season visit by Havant

Bognor boss Jack Pearce said he’s looking forward to seeing his new-look squad get their first taste of action after the summer break.


The Rocks squad returned to pre-season last week with the players being put through their paces by coach Robbie Blake and fitness coach Neil Cockcroft.


The players will not have long to turn their sprints on the South Downs into match action with National South side Havant & Waterlooville coming to Nyewood Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).


For Pearce it is a chance to pitch his new squad into action against strong opponents who are looking to return to National League level after relegation last term.


It kick starts a busy pre-season which also includes a visit from League One Portsmouth (July 16, 7.45pm) before trips to Horndean (July 24, 7.45pm) and Gosport Borough (August 2, 7.45pm).


Pearce said: “Havant is the first one we have and for both clubs it will be about seeing where we are with players.


“Obviously they are one step above us and, despite both being promoted into the National South at the same time, we both went in opposite directions.


“They have had a lot of change round the club with a new manager and investment across the board. So, the match will give us a chance to see where we are and what more we can do.


“The result does not matter but it is important for us to see how people manage in various phases of the game and will give us an idea what more we need to do to get ready for the first competitive match in a months time.”


Unlike in previous years when the Rocks have not finalised a playing squad of 15 until days before the start of the campaign, there’s a healthy number of players signed on ahead of a busy Bostik Premier season.


Former Rock James Crane was the first to sign, returning from Worthing, while ex-Pompey duo Dan Smith and Freddie Read have joined on permanent deals after a successful loan spells last season.


Among those to recommit are last term’s top scorer Jimmy Muitt, skipper Harvey Whyte, Doug Tuck Keaton Wood and Chad Field.


The addition of playmaker Stuart Green from AFC Totton also gives creativity in the heart of the park.


Pearce is also confident of bringing in some youngsters from Pompey, with Brad Lethbridge a possible returnee.

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