Lancaster squad nearing completion

Mark Jackson during his previous spell with Lancaster City.
Mark Jackson during his previous spell with Lancaster City.

Lancaster City are hoping to add a further two new faces to complete their squad ahead of the new season.

Returning striker Mark Jackson is the latest major new arrival at Giant Axe with the club seeking a couple more additions ahead of the first pre-season game against Garstang next Tuesday, July 9.

The Dolly Blues are hoping to bring in a winger and a central defender to finalise their summer business having also brought the likes of former Morecambe midfielder Garry Hunter and the well-travelled Danny Mahoney to the club.

Director of football Mick Hoyle said: “Mark is a big, big signing.

“Training is going well and the players are really upbeat, and we’re looking to bring in a couple more.

“Ideally one will be a wide player and the other a centre half.

“Danny Gregson is obviously a big loss in defence and with Rory Winters coming back from Canada at the end of the month we want one more there so we’ve got some competition.

“Ben Hudson can also play there but he’s more of a full back.

“It gives us options.”

Four further players also put pen to paper for the coming season at training on Tuesday night.

Former Morecambe striker Aaron Taylor is back with the Dolly Blues after finishing last season with Kendal Town.

Mintcakes goalkeeper Damian Clifton has joined to give competition to Giant Axe number one Danny McDonald.

Slyne-with-Hest wide man Billy Akrigg has also signed after he impressed in pre-season training along with promising striker Luke Bradley who was on the fringes of the Dolly Blues’ first-team last season.

Hoyle said: “We’ve got 19 registered players.

“Rory (Winters)will make it 20 and the two new arrivals would take it to 22.

“All the players will be given a chance to do what they can do best during the pre-season friendlies with a view to getting it down to 18 for the start of the season.”

City start their pre-season campaign with a game against Garstang at Lancaster and Morecambe College on Tuesday.

It is free entry and all are welcome for the 7.30pm kick-off.

Head coach Darren Peacock then has his first game at Giant Axe when Chadderton FC visit on Saturday, July 13, in a 3pm kick-off.

City then travel to Bangor City on Saturday, July 20 in their only away friendly.

They host Workington on Saturday, July 27, Barrow on Tuesday, July 30, Penrith on Saturday, August 3 and a Blackburn Rovers XI on Saturday, August 10.