Perfect 10 for new look Town
The revolving door that is the summer transfer window is in full swing for Danny Robinson's Hungerford Town.
The Crusaders have announced 10 new signings as well as a host of contract renewals including Jake Evans – "one of the jewels in our crown," says Robinson.
The new faces will have big shoes to fill – Ryan Seager, who was top scorer for the last two seasons, and Sol Wanjau-Smith, last season's young player of the year, have both moved on.
Seager, who Robinson described as "one of the best professionals I've ever worked with" has made the switch to Dorking Wanderers, who were promoted to the National League via the play-offs.
Sol Wanjau-Smith will also make the step up to the National League with Kent outfit Maidstone.
Town have announced the signing of three new forwards – Leighton Thomas, who scored 31 goals for Paulton Rovers last season, Niko Muir, who has National League experience with Hartlepool United, and Adam Liddle, who signs from Walton Casuals.
Robinson said: "I want players that work hard for the fans, their teammates and for me
"Niko Muir has played at this level comfortably for a couple of years.
"Adam Liddle has something to prove, he's a young lad, he's raw, he's got great pace and power.
"Leighton Thomas is an exciting prospect, he's the top goalscorer in the division we got Sol and Seags from."
The Crusaders have also strengthened in midfield with four new signings, including a return for popular midfielder Harrison Bayley.
Robinson said: "We've got great variety in the middle of the park.
"The big thing for me is that we have to have legs, we have to cover every blade of grass, and I think everyone we've got in will do that for us."
Marcus Beauchamp has also returned to Bulpit Lane to replace Luke Cairney, who made the switch to Poole, while Matt Hall – "a big, strong, ball-playing centre half" – joins from Hendon.
Robinson knows that next season will be a battle but hopes that, once again, the Crusaders can punch above their weight.