VS Rugby have
made a host of new signings but are keen to make several more.
The Dr Martens Midland Division side have tempted several ex-players back and have high
hopes of some blossoming young talent for the coming season.
They kick-off at home to Stourbridge on Saturday but chairman Tony Mann is keen to see
more signings in the boardroom.
"Running a non-League soccer club is hard work and we are desperately short of
board members. I am not saying that we want to be taken over by a consortium but if there
is a group of local businessmen who fancy getting together and coming on board, then we
would be interested.
"It would have to be right for both sides but we do need more help. We have always
said that we would stand aside if the right group did want to take over, but we certainly
need more help."
Mann is confident manager Martin Sockett can give the club a far better season after
their third-from-bottom finish in May, and he has certainly been busy in the transfer
Kieren Sullivan, a veteran from the Jimmy Knox days, has returned from Racing Club
Warwick to help tighten up the defence and already seems to be doing just that VS
didnt concede a single goal in friendlies against Atherstone, Telford and Nuneaton.
Midfielder Simon Mason comes back from Shepshed along with Lee Harriman, who operates
wide on the right, and centre-forward Matty Owen who re-signs from Sutton Coldfield.
The two youngsters Mann is pinning hopes on are Derek Lavery and Dennis Taylor. Lavery
is fresh out of local football in Daventry, while Taylor showed his goalscoring form in
pre-season. The 17-year-old knocked in five goals in the first half of one youth team
match, then came on in the second half of a senior friendly with Pershore and scored twice
to help them to a 5-1 victory.