WORCESTER City boss John Snape has stepped up his recruitment bid ahead of the new campaign with five additions to the squad while striker Mark Danks has left for pastures new.
Joe Bates, Jordan Harrison, Joel Caines and Kyonn Evans will be new faces to join Nathan Hayward from last season’s squad in committing themselves to City for the Midland League Premier Division season.
Hayward made 42 appearances last term for City, scoring twice, and he captained the side 15 times following the departure of Brad Birch.
Hayward said: “After speaking to the gaffer, I want to show my commitment is with him and the club for another season.
“I can’t wait to be back playing for the blue and white faithful again.”
Bates has agreed to return to the club following his exit from Bishops Cleeve.
The striker picked up the top scorer award for Cleeve last season with 13 goals and is another option for Snape in the final third.
Attacking-minded Harrison finished last season with Cradley Town making 15 appearances and grabbing 11 goals.
He previously was on the books of Kidderminster Harriers.
Assistant manager Ash Vincent said: “He’s a very quick lad who seems to find himself chances through both speed and work rate but is also a technically sound player who in my opinion has a bright future ahead of him.”
Caines was with Stourport Swifts last season and made 41 appearances following previous spells at Redditch United, Chasetown and AFC Wulfrunians.
His great grandad was John Oakley, a half-back signed from amateur football, who played 193 games for Worcester, scoring 16 goals, between 1921 and 1927 and won a Birmingham League championship medal 1924/25.
“Having played for Redditch United, Chasetown and knowing that my great grandad was the captain of Worcester City, I am delighted and excited to sign for Worcester City and look forward to this season,” Caines said.
Evans had started last season with City but then joined Malvern Town and was their top scorer.
Meanwhile, Danks has left City and signed for Black Country Rangers after 34 appearances and 11 goals last season which also included a small number of appearances for Worcester Raiders in his bid to gain fitness following injury.