New hubby Andy Scott has just tied the knot – and now he has tied up four key players.
The Aldershot Town boss returned from honeymoon this week and celebrated another marriage made in heaven by landing Joe Oastler, Tristan Plummer, Jordan Roberts and Josh Scott on new deals for next season.
“We’re establishing a nucleus of men,” explained Scott on his plans for the summer.
“We’re picking the best players out of last season’s squad and we want to add to that as well. We know what is required, not just in quality and ability but character as well.
“Now we’ve got to look at players who can improve on what we did last year and be more solid as a squad, in physicality, experience and nous. I think people will be quite pleased with what we’re doing.”
The news came after Scott secured the retention of experienced defender Chris Barker and 27-goal top scorer Brett Williams, both of whom triggered performance-related clauses in their contracts to earn another year at the ESS Stadium.
And it has not stopped there either with the club having also received verbal agreement on new contracts from full-backs Jaydon Gibbs and Anthony Tonkin, with negotiations to retain midfielder Mark Molesley at an advances stage.
Oastler, 23, arrived at the club last summer from Torquay United and made 42 appearances for the Shots last season at both right back and centre half, earning himself the Players’ Player of the Year award.
And he will be in good company during pre-season training with wing pair Plummer and Roberts also penning new deals.
Plummer, a former England youth international, joined the Shots from Conference South side Weston-super-Mare in January after scoring two goals against the Shots in this season’s FA Trophy tie and subsequent replay.
He made six appearances before his season was ended prematurely by injury.
Roberts, meanwhile, made 45 appearances last season as both as a winger and left back, scoring seven goals.
Formerly a scholar at Peterborough United, Roberts joined the Shots in 2011 and made his senior debut in February 2012. He has also had loan spells at Havant & Waterlooville, Tamworth and Bishop’s Stortford.
But while the search for a goalkeeper goes on with Scott looking to replace the departed Glenn Morris, the striker situation is looking a lot clearer with the boss having secure namesake Josh on an extra 12-month deal.
Since joining the club following his release by Dagenham & Redbridge in January, Scott made 21 appearances and scored three goals for the Shots, winning round the faithful with a series of solid displays alongside Williams in attack.
Scott is also being linked with a number of goalkeepers to take the No.1 jersey next season, including ex-Reading stopper Jon Henly, who proved a hit during a brief loan spell at the ESS Stadium last season, and former Blackburn and Wales international Jason Brown, who is currently without a club.