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Diss Town manager Jon Abbott happy to have got his transfer business done early




A busy summer of transfer activity has continued at Diss Town with the total number of arrivals moving up to eight.

Manager Jon Abbott confirmed five additions last week, including the return of former players Angus Mackie and Aarron Taylor from higher-league Gorleston.

And now three more new players have joined the Brewers Green Lane ranks in the form of Matt Cook, Alex McIntosh and Jordan Balls.

Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Diss Manager Jon Abbott..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (13021689)
Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Diss Manager Jon Abbott..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (13021689)

Cook is a defender who has previously captained England Colleges while McIntosh is a full-back with Thetford Town and Mundford on his list of former clubs.

Midfielder Balls, meanwhile, is well known to Abbott from their time to together at Scole.

A number of last season’s squad have also been retained, meaning that Abbott’s squad is all but complete before the pre-season friendlies get under way.

“I am really happy with how the summer has gone recruitment wise,” said Abbott.

“If another becomes available that we like the look of then that is brilliant, but I would say we have done 90 to 95 per cent of the work we wanted to do.

“Our recruitment for the summer actually started a long time ago, right from the moment we came in at the start of the year.

“I did not want us getting near the start of the season and we still needed players in several positions.

“We have assessed what was needed in recent months and thankfully we have managed to bring most of it in.”

The Tangerines started pre-season training last week, with the first joined by the resurrected reserves and under-18s.

Abbott added: “I have been really pleased with the numbers and quality at training.

“We want to build a club where the first team players know who the under-18s are. And for the under-18s it is important that they see a pathway through the reserves and into the first team.”


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