‘Well-known’ faces could arrive at Axe

A COUPLE of familiar faces could be arriving at the Giant Axe according to Lancaster City assistant manager Phil Brown.

Brown said that the players, well-known in non-league football, had contacted the club with a view to joining the Dolly Blues.

City boss Tony Hesketh has also met with a couple of targets in the last week, as the club look to build a squad that can challenge for promotion from the Evo-Stik First Division North next season.

Brown said: “Tony met with a couple of players and now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

“We’re never going to be able to sign and seal anything or make massive commitments to players but Tony painted a picture of what the club is about.

“A couple of other well-known players, both to City fans and in non-league football generally, have contacted us about joining Lancaster City.

“They’ve heard good things about this club. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”

Brown said that despite the ease of player movement in non-league football, there was some “method behind the madness”, as the Dolly Blues look to build on last season’s eighth-placed finish.

He said: “The players we had meetings with are ones that we targetted. They both play in similar positions.

“In terms of the lads who have contacted us, we get contactd by lots of players but some are more genuine than others.

“The two lads who contacted us and we’re pursuing are ones that fit into our current profile.

“We’ve also sent feelers out to a couple of other players.”

“There’s method behind the madness.”

City’s pre-season got off to a bad start when last season’s top goalscorer Dave Swarbrick joined local rivals AFC Fylde.

Swarbrick, like all City players, was non-contract, following the departures captain Andrew Teague and winger Paul Jarvis.

The non-contract status means the players are free to move between clubs but both Hesketh and Brown have said they are optimisitic the bulk of last season’s squad, that as well as finishing eighth in the Evo-Stik First Division North won the club’s first silverware in a decade when the lifted the President’s Cup, will stay together.