Heanor Town FC have taken advantage of the enforced weather break to reshape the squad after their heart-breaking exit from the FA Vase.
With Kieran Wells leaving for Long Eaton United, Courey Grantham signing for Basford United and Gary Ricketts leaving for Mickleover Sports FC over the last two weeks, the front line has seen new re-enforcements added.
Jay Cooper, who is the top scorer in the Notts Senior League with Selston FC has joined for his second spell with the club.
Manager Glen Clarence said: “I’ve always been hard on Jay, he was with me at Pinxton and we both know that with his talent and undoubted skill he should have been at a much higher level before now.
“He turned down Northern Premier League clubs to join us, it is down to Jay to show everyone just how talented he is.”
The Lions have also added Joe Swindell (20) to their ranks after the ex-Nottingham Forest academy player signed from Rainworth Miners Welfare FC. Swindell is relatively unknown in the local area, after leaving Nottingham Forest he continued his education in the USA, playing for Ekerd College before returning to the UK.
Swindell featured in the Nottingham Forest reserve team with current Heanor player Jack Andrews and former Lion, Ryan Tinsley.
And boss Clarence believes Swindell will be a key player for Heanor.
“He is a traditional number nine. He’s tall, great in the air and has great feet,” said Clarence.
“With Kieran Debrouwer and Nathan Benger looking to capture the same form as last season and Cooper joining too, it is down to Swindell to keep pushing them for a starting shirt, we’re confident he will be a fans favourite at The Town Ground.”
With the recent postponement of two home matches, Heanor are looking to kick on against Liversedge this weekend when they visit The Town Ground.
Heanor beat Liversedge comfortably in the reverse fixture earlier in the season with a strong following of Heanor support witnessing Sam Jones, Nathan Benger and Paulo Piliero score to bring three goals and three points back to Derbyshire.
That result came as part of a run of six consecutive wins and it is vital for Heanor Town FC that this weekend’s fixture is the start of another run of positive results.
February brings home fixtures against Liversedge, Staveley, Cleethorpes, Athersley Rec and finally a trip to Sandy Lane to face Worksop Town FC.
With Heanor unlucky to have lost to both Staveley and Cleethorpes this season a strong backing is needed to ensure The Lions get the points.