Diss Town take number of summer signings to nine with three more new arrivals
A busy summer of arrivals at Diss Town has continued with the addition of three more players.
Last week the Tangerines confirmed the signings of Kehan Whitby, Stephen Vennell and Lee Sim, while on Monday the trio of Harry Atkins, Harry Hutt and Jack Simpson all put pen to paper at Brewers Green Lane.
And now the tally of off-season incomings has risen to nine thanks to Max Lane, Marley Flute and James Bergin.
The versatile Lane will be familiar face to Diss supporters, having played for the club in 2019/20 before leaving to join neighbouring Harleston Town.
Diss boss Michael King said of Lane's return: "When we became aware that Max was leaving Harleston we were keen to have a chat with him.
"He was someone we were keen to keep last summer and were disappointed when he left.
"It's great to have him back at the club. Max will provide some real versatility with his ability to play either at full-back or further forward.
"He carries the ball really well and is going to be player that excites those that come to watch us."
Flute, meanwhile, is a full-back who has been on King's radar for some time – dating back to his time in charge of Waveney.
He has played for a handful of clubs locally, and was most recently turning out for Wroxham's Reserves.
"We tried to get him a couple of times at Waveney but it didn't work out," added King.
"It got my attention that he was playing at Wroxham and so I got in touch to ask if he fancied getting involved with us once lockdown was lifted.
"He came over, we liked what we saw of him and he liked what he saw from us.
"He's a relative newcomer to the level but we are confident he's got everything to be a very good left-sided full-back for us."
As for goalkeeper Bergin, he played for Diss in the Norfolk Senior Cup against Bradenham Wanderers when football returned from its Covid-enforced hibernation earlier this year, only to suffer an injury.
However, he has returned to fitness and will compete for the number one shirt with Adam Rix.
"James did us a favour after lockdown when Adam couldn't commit to football," said King.
"His one game ended in injury but he loved it and told us it was something he wanted to pursue if we were interested.
"There are not many better goalkeepers at our level than Adam Rix, and James is very good as well.
"They will fight it out for the shirt and that is only going to benefit us. We will be very strong in that department."
* For more from King, see this week's Express print edition on Friday.