Diss Town begin summer transfer business with the addition of three new players
Michael King was particularly keen to add some experience to his Diss Town squad this summer.
And with three new signings now through the door, the manager believes he has come some way to addressing that void.
Kehan Whitby is among the trio to put pen to paper at Brewers Green Lane, having returned to the club following a spell at Norwich United.
Lee Sim – formerly of Walsham-le-Willows – has also arrived along with centre-back Stephen Vennell from Gorleston.
King is particularly pleased to be welcoming back Whitby, having been disappointed to see him depart 12 months ago.
“He was a big loss to us. We stayed in contact and it probably didn’t work out how he’d hoped at Norwich,” said King.
“It’s a big coup for us because although he’s still quite young, he’s got a mature head and outlook on the game.
“We’ve need that little bit of maturity and Kehan helps to tick that box.”
Sim, meanwhile, joins the Tangerines after a number of seasons at Walsham.
King said of the versatile midfielder: “Lee has been there, seen it and done it. I’ve been really impressed with him.
“He does all the basic things really well and that is a skill in itself.
“He’s another leader who is always talking. He’ll also be good with our younger players, helping them to improve.”
As for Vennell, he does not have as much Thurlow Nunn League history on his CV, having joined Gorleston from Anglian Combination outfit Hingham last July.
He made eight appearances for the Greens in the Premier Division, but ended the campaign within their reserves.
Nevertheless, King is looking forward to seeing what he has to offer in a Diss shirt.
“I think Gorleston wanted to keep him and they thought he had a bright future, but couldn’t guarantee him game time,” he said.
“He wanted to play as high as he could though and that’s great for us.
“We needed some improvement in the centre of defence and Stephen brings that.
“He’s reliable in the air and has a good turn of foot, which will allow us to play with a slightly higher line.”
Diss kicked off their pre- season on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Swaffham Town, only to slump to a 5-1 defeat at another Step 5 side in Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday.
However, King was not overly concerned by the result, and hopes his men will use it as fuel going forward.
“The 5-1 scoreline is probably a little harsh on us, but there is no doubt they were the better team,” he added.
“We didn’t make the most of the good areas we got into and they did. Their front two caused us problems in both halves and were just more clinical in the penalty box.
“It’s a bit of a pasting but I said to the lads at the end, I could see they were hurting and to use it as an incentive to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
In terms of outgoings, King confirmed that both Billy Shaw and Bryn Mullen had left the club.
Meanwhile, Diss continue their friendlies on Saturday with a trip to Bungay Town (12pm), followed by the visit of Gorleston on Tuesday (7.45pm).