NEW boss Tommy Wright has begun to assemble his Stratford Town squad for next season by signing keeper Sam Lomax and striker Kurtis Revan.
The Southern Premier Central club also confirmed player of the season Chris Cox, utility player Cody Fisher and defender Tom Fishwick will be returning for the new term.
However, skipper Jimmy Fry and defender Jordan Williams have both departed to league rivals, with midfield linchpin Fry following former boss Thomas Baillie to Tamworth and Williams joining the Stourbridge revolution alongside ex-Town players Will Grocott and Mike Taylor.
Wright will be reunited with both Lomax and Revan, having worked with the two players in his previous managerial spells at Nuneaton and Corby Town respectively.
Lomax, who stands 6ft 9in, came through the Nuneaton academy and then earned a move to Aston Villa.
“We are delighted to secure the signature of Sam Lomax, he is a player I know well from my time at Nuneaton,” said Wright. “His performances in the Academy side earned him a move to Aston Villa.
“Standing at 6ft 9in he gives us a big presence between the sticks and he can’t wait to get going.
“Tom Fishwick and Cody Fisher also put pen to paper to stay on for 2019-20. We are delighted they are staying and we are looking forward to working with them.”
Revan, who started at Derby County, played under Wright when Corby won the title in 2015 and had also had spells at King’s Lynn, Oadby Town, Barwell and Leamington, where he helped Brakes win promotion into National League North.
“Kurtis is a powerful winger I’m looking forward to working with again,” said Wright.
“He is very direct and will add pace to the front line. He can also play as a central striker.”
Meanwhile, Fry has ended a three-year stay at Knights Lane to join Tamworth but left with a big thank you to the club.
“I have loved every minute of my time at Stratford, through all of the highs and lows,” said the 24-year-old former Birmingham City midfielder.
“Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to the board and directors who have transformed the club from this time last season and without that we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the success of last season.
“Helping get this club into the play-offs in this division as well as winning the League Cup will be something I will always be very proud of.
“I believe the club is in very good hands with the appointment of Tommy Wright and I’m sure the football club on and off the pitch will continue to progress.
“Finally I would like to thank everyone else at the club, from the fans to the staff, there are too many to run through individually, who have supported me personally, the team as a whole and my family from the minute I came to the club. The football club will always mean a lot to me.”