Tamworth look to get business done early with eight already on board for new season

(Credit: Paul Barber)

Last season’s top-scorer Ryan Beswick is among eight players to commit to Tamworth for the coming season.

The goal-getting midfielder has fast become a fan favourite at The Lamb and news he will be around for the next campaign will be welcome news.

Dexter Walters has also been confirmed with goalkeeper Jas Singh, Aaron Forde, Henri Wilder and explosive striker Shaquille McDonald also staying.

Ex-Burton Albion man Ben Hart becomes one of the first ‘new’ signings of the season – his permanent deal coming after two previous loan spells.

Jack Thomas completes the first round of signings. The former Mansfield Town youngster arrives at the Lambs after spells with Basford and Ilkeston Town.

Ben Hart is back at The Lamb (Credit: Lambs Media)

Joint boss Gary Smith is hoping their squad will be all sorted by pre-season.

“We’re looking forward to the start of another season that we’re hoping to get the chance to complete this time,” he said.

“We’ve been doing our homework behind the scenes to try and get a competitive squad together.

“We want to give the town of Tamworth a football club to be proud of and those fans who come every week and support the club, we want to give them something to shout about.

“I’ve said it before, but I can’t thank the club enough for their support. Bob Andrews, Steve [Lathbury] and Rich Wassall have been amazing and it’s all coming together nicely.”

After a financially challenging year for all clubs in Non-League, Smith admits tough decisions have had to be made as the club look to make every penny in their playing budget count.

“There’s a few that we would have loved to have kept but there’s financial constraints on every football club at this level after the year we’ve had. It’s not possible to keep everyone so we have to juggle and work our budget to the best of our ability to get a competitive squad together.

“It hasn’t been easy but we’re almost there and the jigsaw is almost together. We want to get our squad together as soon as possible to give the new players coming in a chance to gel with the players who are already here.

“We didn’t want to wait until the last minute and go through pre-season with a team full of trialists and still looking at lots of players.”

Henri Wilder is also back for Tamworth (Credit: Paul Barber)

With eight already through the door, and plenty more business in the pipeline, Smith reckons the Tamworth fans will be happy to wait for their further business.

“You’ve got players out of contract, players that want to stay, players that don’t want to stay.

“There’s been a lot of talk behind the scenes between us about how we’re going to go about it and we’re quite happy with how things have progressed up to now.

“There are still a couple more surprises hopefully for the fans and they’ll see some fantastic players. It takes time but we’ll get there.”

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