Published: 12:00, 22 June 2020
| Updated: 13:02, 22 June 2020
Chatham Town have shown their intent for next season with some big name captures.
Prolific Sheppey United striker Dan Bradshaw has agreed terms with the Southern Counties East Premier Division side along with former Welling United and Dartford front-man Andy Pugh.
Chris Lawal, meanwhile, has agreed to join from Tunbridge Wells, while Jack Healey will move from Corinthian.
Chats boss Scott Lindsey is delighted to have got those deals sorted, subject to league forms being signed, along with some important players from last season who have committed..
Lindsey said: “We haven’t been sat at home doing nothing during lockdown, we got to work.
“We wanted to be on the front foot so that whenever the lockdown finishes and the season starts again we will be ready and prepared to go. It was important we worked hard during the time we had off.
“We are still looking as well. We probably do need one more in the building, whether that’s a forward player or a defensive player, it doesn’t really matter. If he is good and suits the way we play then I will get the next available one. We are really pleased with the business we have done.”
Bradshaw scored over 40 goals for Sheppey last season even though the campaign was cut short with coronavirus.
Lindsey said: “Quite a lot of work was put in to get him but once we spoke to him and showed him what we were going to do and how we wanted to play, he was on the hook and wanted to come.
“He is a proven goalscorer at this level. We are really pleased.”
Fellow newcomer Pugh started his career with Gillingham, playing a handful of first team games for the club before moving to Welling in 2010 after several loan stints elsewhere.
Pugh also spent two years at Cambridge United and was most recently at Dartford. He finished the season on a dual-registration with Sevenoaks Town in the Isthmian League, scoring on his debut there against VCD Athletic.
A number of key players are also staying, including captain Jack Evans, who scored over 20 goals from midfield last season.
“He was never going to leave and is fully committed to the club,” Lindsey said.
“He gets exactly what we are trying to do, he understands how we are trying to play and our style suits him. He was an important one to keep in my opinion but never in doubt.”
Chats have announced that Reece Butler, Harvey Brown, Ike Orji, Jordan Carey, Charlie Dickens, Mikey Dalton, Jordan Carey, Matt Bodkin, Jon Pilbeam, George Sheminant, Rob Denness and Moses Abloye have also all agreed deals for pending 20/21 season.
The players, meanwhile, are back training, in small groups.
Lindsey said: “We have had small numbers into train already, with social distancing adhered to, we are doing everything right and we are making sure we are ticking over with the fitness.
“We have to just wait and see what happens and make sure we are prepared to start when we go back.”