Mark Shaw has named midfielder Jake Scott as the Worksop Town captain for 2014/15, and agreed a deal with fan favourite Luke Shiels.
Former Barnsley player Scott, just 20 years old, has impressed the manager with his leadership skills in pre-season.
Last season he added 17 appearances to the six he made in a loan spell in 2012/13.
He’ll be joined in the new-look Tigers side by Shiels, after the centre-half agreed to sign for the club he’s represented 129 times already.
Other players signing up include former Sheffield FC centre-half Sam Liversedge, and local players Jack Barnett, Tom Mullen, Reece Twell, Tom Elliott, Harry Johnson, Kyle Jordan and Tom Jackson.
With more signings expected in the coming week, Shaw is pleased to finally have built the foundations of a squad.
Explaining his decision to name Retford-based Scott as his new skipper, Shaw told the Guardian: “He’s had two spells with the club, he’s showed unbelievable leadership capability, he’s got a hell of a lot of desire, passion and a will to win, a run-through-brick-wall mentality.”
“You don’t have to be 30 years old to be captain of a football club.”
“I’m really pleased to have him on board.”
The signing of highly rated Shiels, expected to be completed this week, will no doubt please the non league club’s fanbase.
Shaw said: “He’s a really big signing, if Worksop fans need a reason to get behind our fundraising efforts, Jake Scott and Luke Shiels are two massive ones.”
“Luke is coming back from injury and surgery but he’s a major coup.”
“With Sam Liversedge and the local lads luke Jack Barnett, we’ve got six or seven players who played at Evo-Stik level in the last season or two.”
“We’ve had a great group of lads who’ve been training over the last two weeks, young lads with good ability and an opportunity to progress and get better.”
While Shaw admits that it’s finally not all doom and gloom for the club, he’s keen to express to those not yet signed up to the #Team500 club membership scheme that there is a long way to go until Tigers reach their £100,000 target.
“We’ve got things to be happy about, we’re starting to get a squad together, but we can’t complete it until we get closer to our target.”
“The £60,000 raised so far is a lot of money, but that’s still at least £30,000 short of where we need to be.”
“We’re close enough for me to start putting a side together, but it’s tough talking to players about finance when I don’t believe we’ve got enough yet.”
“Hopefully people will see the players we have on board and realise they need to get behind it – signings that will maybe surprise people and show them that we could have a very, very good squad.”
The manager also wants people to think big when they consider backing Tigers.
“If £60,000 is what we can do in six weeks, what can we do in six years?”
“A stadium at Vesuvius? A team playing Evo-Stik Premier or Conference North? A big fanbase with 500 people coming to matches every week? A sports academy? Community coaching?”
“It’s potentially a massive opportunity and I don’t think anywhere else locally could have this opportunity.”
“I’m hoping these signings will make people want to get involved, and will maybe inspire them to think about what could be possible here.”