Diss Town manager Richard Daniels has wasted no time in bringing in the leaders he believes will pull the club away from the relegation zone.
The Tangerines’ new chief, who was only appointed last Tuesday, has made four new signings ahead of a home six-pointer with fellow strugglers Felixstowe & Walton United tomorrow (3pm) — and has not ruled out two more being completed.
He has raided his old club Gorleston for his trusted captain, 28-year-old centre-back Eddie Thompson, while 25-year-old team-mate Ricci Butler, a skilful winger or striker, also makes the move to rejoin his former manager.
Long Melford midfield general Ashley Skeggs is reunited with his former boss Jason Maher, who is Daniels’ assistant, while targetman Pete Lambert has also joined in time for tomorrow’s crunch game.
Daniels said: “There is no doubt we could not survive with a squad of 14-15 — it simply could not happen.
“I am obviously delighted with Eddie Thompson, being my captain for four years, and he is a leader, and Diss need leaders.
“Mark Shadrack will stay as captain, though.”
Of the other signings in a busy week at Diss, who lost 4-1 in Daniels’ first game in charge to high-flyers Brantham Athletic on Saturday, he said: “Ricci Butler is key for me.
“He can score goals from wide.
“He is sometimes not a 100 per cent up and down midfielder, but he can cut teams open.
“Peter Lambert is possibly the best singing of the four, as he is a striker who works hard and is big and strong and holds the ball up.
“When you are in a dogfight there is nothing worse than being in charge of a team who are playing well, but the ball keeps coming back.
“Paul Lambert is a big positive as he can always play in midfield and has a great work ethic.
“I can only describe Ashley Skeggs as a total winner.
“He is not a flair player who will beat two or three men and score worldies, but he puts on the shirt and wants to win and he will go through brick walls for us.
“He can play centre-half or in centre midfield.”
Richard Daniels is demanding a performance from his side ahead of a crucial home game with Felixstowe & Walton United at Brewers Green Lane tomorrow (3pm).
Diss go into the match second bottom of the table, hoping to leapfrog their opponents who are one place and one point above them, albeit with Diss having played five more games.
“Felixstowe beating Wisbech on Saturday is a bit of a blow, being honest,” said Daniels. “That is the confidence win they needed coming here but we need to realise they are down there for a reason as well.
“Yes, the new manager may have brought some new players in but so have we.
“Yes, it is a big game but Felixstowe are down the bottom for a reason so they might not be getting luck and we have to make our own luck and put a performance on.”
Midfielder Jason Hunt (work commitments) is not available while Sam Bryant (achilles) trained Thursday night but is unlikely to be fit enough to take part.
Meanwhile, Daniels admitted the reserves side having to postpone their game at Brantham Athletic Saturday was embarrassing for the club and said: “It is unacceptable — if the first-team players are refusing to play then we have got to sort it out as that cannot happen.”