NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Two new singings for St Neots Town but defender departs

Defender Liam McDevitt has left St Neots Town. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

Defender Liam McDevitt has left St Neots Town. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town manager Matt Clements has completed his first signings of the summer – and also seen an influential figure depart.

The Saints chief has drafted in defender Jack Keeble and midfielder James Peters for the new Southern League Premier Division Central campaign.

Teenager Keeble, who can operate as a full-back or centre-back, arrives after being released by League Two club Grimsby Town. He spent last season on a professional deal without making a first-team appearance.

Experienced Peters steps up a level after impressing at Bedford Town where he was named supporters’ player of the season in 2017/18.

“Jack is a promising young defender who fits our profile well,” said Clements. “He has been at Grimsby for the past three years and will only benefit from playing regular football.

“James is a powerful midfielder who will give us ability and leadership in the centre of the park.

“I’m really pleased with both signings. They are two lads we believe can help us to build on what we achieved last season.

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“The goal is to make the squad stronger and that is happening.”

The two new arrivals follow hot on the heels of a departure with Liam McDevitt leaving.

Defender McDevitt has moved to Step 4 side Hayes & Yeading who play in the Bostik League South Central Division next season.

Clements added: “It’s disappointing that Liam has decided to move on, but I completely respect his decision.

“He was fantastic last season and it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that other clubs have come calling.

“Liam is the only player we’ve lost who we wanted to keep at the club so we can be pleased with how the summer is going overall.”

Clements expects to make a couple more signings ahead of the new season - one of which is likely to be new goalkeeper.

He will run the rule over two potential recruits for that position - Harry Reynolds and Dan Swan - when pre-season training begins this Saturday.