Published: 06:00, 07 August 2019
Hythe Town expect to sign three more players this week.
Stephen Okoh has caught the eye, the forward having been on trial with Maidstone at the start of pre-season.
Promising performances in the friendlies also look to have earned midfielders Adam Woollcott and Elliot Capel deals.
Hythe boss Sam Denly said: "I've got a few more to get signed.
"Adam Woollcott's done well and we'll look to get him done. Elliot Capel we've got to try to get done.
"Stephen Okoh has come in and done well. We spoke in pre-season, he's come down a few times and went to Maidstone.
"He's meant to be involved on Saturday and we'll look to get that done. He's a wide player and he looked sharp and lively on Saturday.
"We're getting there now with 13 signed and with those lads coming in, it makes for quite a strong 16.
"A few other lads have done themselves no harm throughout pre-season and will be involved in squads.
"Tom Walmsley is another one we've agreed a deal with. He's working hard and he's impressed me in the 30 minutes he's had here and there.
"He had one start when he did well so he's going to be another good addition, squad-wise, and that's what we need."
Hythe lost 5-2 at Margate on Saturday with Ollie Rowe and Tom Carlton scoring their goals.
"For me, it wasn't a 5-2 game," said Denly. "We were really good first half and there was a lot to learn from the game.
"We were trying to get the boys, at 1-0 up, to slow the game down because they had a spell and we made a few silly mistakes. They're things we can work on and learn as a team.
"In the second half we were poor but overall it was a good day. There were some good performances from the lads and it's another game in the tank for a lot of them, another 90 minutes together as a squad.
"We've got one more game now and you've got one eye on August 17 so players are trying to impress and you're probably going to go strong with what you think may be your starting XI."
Hythe, who host Tilbury in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday, start the Isthmian South East campaign away to Burgess Hill next weekend.
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