Sheffield FC aim to bulk up

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Ian Whitehorne has revealed he hopes to clinch his first summer signings soon as he looks to add bulk to his squad ahead of the new season.

With a centre-forward and central defender his main priority in the market, the Sheffield FC chief hopes to announce his first captures within the next few weeks, but admits there could be developments this week.

Whitehorne has also expressed his delight after a number of his players decided to reject the advances of Worksop Town to sign new deals at the Coach and Horses ground.

“We definitely need a centre half and a centre forward that we need to wrap up.” Whitehorne said, “Everybody has agreed to re-sign, which is great and we have four or five targets now that we need to try and complete and hopefully they will be done in the next few weeks.”

Worksop Town, who play in a higher division and boast a bigger budget than Sheffield, targeted up to seven of Whitehorne’s squad following the end of the season, but all the players decided to reject their offers to commit to another season at the club.

“We had a squad of 14, of which one player was on a six-month loan and a player that has recently left to travel around the world, so that left us with a squad of 12.

“When I come back, Worksop had also inquired about seven of our lads. Obviously they have deeper pockets than us and have a much bigger budget and some of our players had been offered a lot more money than we could offer.

He added: “Fortunately for us, they decided to stay so I was really pleased with that.”

Whitehorne has found himself with a threadbare squad which was often made up from their title winning under 19s team, but the boss, who took over at the turn of this year, insists his squad showed enough quality to be pushing for a play-off spot this time around.