NEW Pershore Town signing Jack Allerton ticks all the boxes as being ‘young, hungry and talented’ for boss Les Jones.
Centre midfielder Allerton has become the latest player to join the West Midlands League Premier Division club having played for Droitwich Spa and Loughborough.
“Jack is a big, strong footballing midfielder who fits the profile of the players we want at Pershore,” said Jones.
“He is young, hungry, talented and local. He will add to the competition for places that you need if you want to be successful.”
Pershore, who have also added Worcester City keeper Matt Gwynne and Malvern Town defender Dan Noke to their ranks, start their pre-season training on Saturday before they prepare for their first friendly at home to Stourport Swifts on Saturday, July 6.
Jones has been delighted to keep the bulk of the squad which completed the great escape to finish 14th in the table, ending the campaign as a top-three form side, and add to it.
“We are getting a good squad together,” said Jones. “We want to be promotion challengers this season and we need to build on what we did at the end of last season.
“Pre-season will allow the squad to settle down and to gel with the new faces. Everyone will get the opportunity to show what they can do in the friendlies we’ve got arranged.
“We’ve got some tough games against Stourport, Worcester, Evesham and Tividale but you want to take on quality opposition to see how you fare. It’s all preparation for the first game of the season.”
Jones, starting his first full season in charge of the Plums after joining last autumn, stressed the players will also have a responsibility to make sure they are fully ready for the kick-off by topping up their fitness work.
“We’ll have sessions Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays but two hours’ training three times a week won’t be enough,” said Jones. “The players have got to put in the work in training, in pre-season games and doing extra stuff themselves.
“It’s different now. Young lads all tend to go down the gym anyway so they pride themselves on being fit. We’ll work hard, we’ll be working hard with the ball, not just running.
“It’s a simple fact the best passing sides, the sides that work the hardest are the ones that win their games. To work hard, you’ve got to be fit.”
FRIENDLIES: Sat July 6 v Stourport Swifts, H (3.00); Sat July 13 v Worcester City, H (3.00); Fri July 19 v Evesham United, H (7.45); Tues July 23 v Tividale, H (7.45); Sat July 27 TBC; Tues July 30 v Welland, H (7.45).