Haverhill Rovers make their third signing in three weeks
Haverhill Rovers have completed the signing of Ricky Spriggs, their third in just three weeks.
The versatile Spriggs played five matches for Rovers last season on loan from Ryman Division One side Heybridge Swifts but has now opted to join Rovers on a permanent basis.
He joins fellow full-time recruits, goalkeeper Alex Archer and striker Ryan Weaver, who both signed over the past three weeks having left, AFC Sudbury and Haverhill Borough, respectively.
Of Spriggs’ arrival, Shinn said: “I stayed in touch with him, having also played with him at AFC Sudbury, and spoke to him in the summer and we have both agreed to his coming back to sign with us permanently.
“When he was here I was suspended so he was doing a job for us in the holding role in midfield but he is someone who can play at left-back, centre-back and in central midfield so he can fulfil a number of roles, so that rather than having to get two or three players in, I have a player who can do a number of jobs.
“He is a leader in the dressing room and he is the sort of character you want at the club.”
Shinn also confirmed that three further players have expressed a wish to join him at the New Croft - although none have as yet signed formally.
The trio, said the Rovers gaffer are local and two of them will strengthen the team’s attacking options, while the third will offer something extra in midfield.
Shinn hopes to formally complete the trio of signings shortly.
One player who has left Rovers is Dalton O’Brien, who last season made 35 appearances, the third highest number of any first team player, scoring ten goals, second only to Dan Cornwell.
The pacey Royston-based forward has decided, said Shinn, that he doesn’t want to commit to playing at Step Five level any more.
“He was at the stage where he just wants to play with his mates on a Sunday and enjoy his football, which is fine,” said Shinn.
“We all get to that stage.”
With all the transfer activity at Rovers, Shinn now has one main priority left, finding a target man.
He said: “I’m pretty much where we want to be at the moment. It’s been a pretty good summer but we are still looking for that target man.”
•Rovers is having a Whole Club Day, designed to bring together players from the senior, boys and girls teams, at the New Croft on Saturday, July 18, the day of their pre-season friendly with Cambridge City (3pm kick off).
All three sections had been run separately, with stand-along committees, but all are now under the one umbrella.
There will be a surprise unveiling at 2.55pm and a Race Night from 6pm.