Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock believes he has plenty of options in his squad ahead of a key period of the season.
The Dolly Blues squad was starting to look a little thin after first tough-tackling midfielder Simon Wills and then striker Mark Jackson left Giant Axe for pastures new.
But forward Lee Dodgson has this week returned to the club for his latest spell with City while Peacock has also secured the services of former Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Michael Donlon.
The City boss is therefore pleased with the make-up of his squad despite Jackson’s return to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Skelmersdale United.
Peacock said: “There were rumours about Jacko falling out with one of the members of the coaching staff but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“We knew as long ago as September that Skelmersdale were looking at taking him back and he goes with our best wishes.
“We’ve got options though because Michael Donlon and Lee Dodgson have come in.
“We wanted a bit of competition for Mike Hale in goal and Michael’s done really well in a couple of reserve games.
“Lee coming in means there’s competition up front with Aaron Taylor and Simon Wearing both chomping at the bit so we’ve got options.”
Dodgson wasn’t set to make his return in Dolly Blue against Darlington on Wednesday night, but could feature when Mossley visit Giant Axe on Saturday.
Peacock said: “Lee’s said he’s not quite match fit and can maybe give us half an hour but he trained for the first time with us on Monday and looked sharp in the small-sided game.
“He’s not travelling to Darlington but we’ll just have to assess him and see how it looks for Saturday.
“It’s good to have Simon and Aaron waiting in the wings as well.”
The news of fresh faces in Peacock’s squad came on the back of his side getting back to winning ways with a 1-0 win at Burscough on Saturday.
The head coach said: “The pitch was really bobbly and it was difficult to play much football but I was pleased with the result.
“We scored the early goal and again had enough chances to settle it but the clean sheet was good and Mike (Hale, goalkeeper), wasn’t really tested.
“It was just good to get back to winning ways.”