Tigers strengthen with Waddle, Pursehouse, Booth and Johnson

Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Alex Pursehouse
Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Alex Pursehouse
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Mark Shaw has strengthened his Worksop Town squad with the signing of four players - including one of last season’s stars and the son of an ex Tiger and England legend.

Right-back Alex Pursehouse, who did most of pre-season with Conference North side Tamworth, has rejoined Tigers for the new season.

He will be joined at Sandy Lane by midfielder Jack Waddle, son of wing wizard Chris who played for Worksop at the tail end of his career.

Young striker Dre Johnson, formerly of Derby County, and local forward Matt Booth, have also signed for the world’s fourth oldest club.

Shaw was over the moon with his signings.

On the return of highly rated Pursehouse, who counts Kilmarnock in his former clubs, he said: “I don’t think the fans can believe it.”

“He was one of the oustanding players last year and he probably shouldn’t be playing at this level, he should probably have got a move.”

“I feel a bit for him because he’s such a lovely lad, and I think that maybe goes against him with managers taking him for granted a little.”

“But we’re absolutely delighted to have him.”

Pursehouse played 43 times for Worksop last season, after winning a battle for the right-back spot with Jordan Lemon.

Shaw described Waddle as a ‘very good footballer’ who can play on the left or in the middle of the park, and Johnson as a young centre forward who impressed in pre-season training.

He added: “Boothy is a local lad, he’s got something we hadn’t got – a big presence up front.”

“He’s strong, good in the air and I think he’d do anything to play for Worksop. I think he will pay us back well, he’ll give 100 per cent.”

Booth played against Worksop when he was with Retford United.

Tigers’ season begins tomorrow at Armthorpe Welfare, and their first home game will be next Wednesday when Liversedge visit.