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New Faversham Town manager James Collins has started to bring in players

James Collins has started making changes at Faversham Town.

The new Lilywhites boss has made three new signings a week into the job and more are set to follow before Saturday’s Isthmian South East game at Haywards Heath.

Collins has brought in defender Steve Springett from Erith Town, former Sittingbourne midfielder Lewis Chambers and winger Michael Hagan from his old club Chatham.

Faversham manager James CollinsPicture: Alan Langley
Faversham manager James CollinsPicture: Alan Langley

He said: “We’ve brought three in and I’m hoping for another three by the weekend.

“You normally find there’s a few ins and outs when there’s change of manager.

“It’s going to be work in progress for us.

“Steve Springett can play left-back or centre-back and brings height, experience and a bit of know-how.

“Lewis Chambers has got a long throw, so he brings that, but at 19 he’s got experience of this level, he gets around the pitch, wins his headers and he enjoys doing the dirty side of the game but he’s got quality with it, too.

“Michael Hagan’s someone I know well from Chatham and he’ll give us a bit of quality and pace out wide, plus he scores goals.”

Collins wants Faversham to be capable of mixing up their game. He has nothing against the squad he’s inherited but feels Town need to develop a nasty streak and changes are inevitable.

“They’re a good bunch of lads but they might even be a bit too nice,” said Collins.

“We’ve got to be a little bit cuter on the pitch, a bit more streetwise.

“The football side of it takes time – we’ve not really got an identity at the moment.

“We’re a little bit young so we’ve not really got the players to set up how I would play if we’re going to go direct.

“I want to be good at everything, I think you need to mix things up. I don’t want to be a team who smash it long every time we get the ball.

“We need a bit of everything and that’s what we’ll be looking to implement over the next couple of months.”

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