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March boss Duke on his 2021/22 squad so far

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Yesterdays' announcement that 2020/21 captain Danny Emmington would be staying with March Town was just one of many signings by the Hares in the past couple of weeks.

Manager Arran Duke has announced that 13 of the squad have committed to the Eastern Counties League Premier Division season for the newly-promoted club, with two new men also on board.

Emmington had been training with rivals Wisbech Town but has opted to stay at the GER – although ex-Hares Eoin McQuaid, Charlie Congreve, Toby Allen and Tom Mcleish have decided to transfer to the Fenland Stadium.

Danny Emmington in action last season.
Danny Emmington in action last season.

Emmington said: "I'm buzzing to get going again. After all the hard work from players, the board and the volunteers, the club has deserved promotion. The lads have worked so hard in the three years I've been here and I cannot wait for us to be the surprise package at Step 5."

Goalkeeper Charlie Pocklington, right back Drew Barker, central defenders Max Mattless and Jamie Short, utility player Josh Burrows, midfielders Lewis Gibson and Jack Saunders, strikers Jack Friend, Jack Frohawk, Brody Warren, Craig Gillies and Stef Cavozzi have all committed again.

New signings are goalkeeper Simon Dalton and striker Nick Davey.

March manager Arran Duke
March manager Arran Duke

Duke said this of his signings:

Charlie Pocklington: "Charlie has great potential and has every opportunity to kick on this season. He has all the attributes to be a top keeper and I know the competition between him and Dalts will only benefit them both."

Simon Dalton: "I'm really pleased this has happened. Dalts is a calm character and will be very important on and off the field next season.Him and Pock offer us great keeping options."

Drew Barker: "I'm really pleased he is staying with us. Over the past few seasons he has got better and better and he's a real asset to this squad."

Max Mattless: "It's great to have Max back available. It's like a new signing for us.He's been away so long but his return will give the whole place a lift.His no nonsense approach on the pitch will be needed this season as we get to grips with the move up."

Jamie Short: "Very happy Jamie continues with us again.He seems to get better and better each season, his reading of the game is a real strength and his performances are becoming more dominant in the centre of defence."

Josh Burrows: "Really pleased Josh has decided to stay. I feel this could be a big year for him.His performances at full back were very consistent last season and he has a real chance to push for his favoured position in the middle of the park."

Lewis Gibson in action last season.
Lewis Gibson in action last season.

Lewis Gibson: "It's great to have Gibbo on board again.He was one of the stand out performers last season for me and I'm looking forward to seeing him pick up where he left off last season."

Jack Saunders: "Full of energy, work rate and leadership, he offers so much to this group in many ways. His game management will be very important for us when we find ourselves in difficult periods of games."

Jack Frohawk: "I'm looking forward to seeing Frowy this year. We saw glimpses of how good he can be for us before the injury so now he's fighting fit he will be great for us. He offers us pace and directness in the right areas."

Jack Friend celebrates a goal last season.
Jack Friend celebrates a goal last season.

Jack Friend: "The man scores goals and I'm certain that will continue next season. He's a great lad and it's a really big thing for us that he's committed again."

Brody Warren: "I can't speak highly enough of how Brody has conducted himself over the last two broken seasons.He's become a very important member of this squad and this year I see him stepping up his levels even more."

Nick Davey: "Having worked with Nick before, I know what he can bring to us and it's a great fit for the squad.He's experienced at this level and his quality in the final third offers us another exciting attacking option."

Craig Gillies in March action.
Craig Gillies in March action.

Craig Gillies: "Craig offers this group so much.He's a character you love to be around and there's so much respect for him within the group.His battling, hard working performances, alongside his goal return show why he's so important to the group."

Stef Cavozzi: "Stefano coming into the squad is a testament to the work he has put in over the last few seasons. I have monitored him and always had great feedback from Pep and Jig on his performances. This is a well earned opportunity and one I'm looking forward to seeing Stef take."

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