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Six players have committed to Stamford AFC for next season





Stamford's plans for next season have received an early boost with six players from their current squad pledging their future to the club.

Defensive duo James Blunden and Will Glennon, midfielder Harry Vince plus the attacking trio of Jack Duffy, Tendai Chitiza and Lee Shaw have confirmed their commitment to remain at the Zeeco Stadium.

Manager Graham Drury is also hopeful that more players will shortly follow suit as the club prepares for their second season in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

James Blunden and Will Glennon. Photo: Rob O'Brien
James Blunden and Will Glennon. Photo: Rob O'Brien

He said: "It was important to get some bodies over the line early on and the rest tend to follow like it does every pre-season.

"Everything is looking positive and, with a couple of new additions lined up as well, hopefully that will make us stronger, which is the plan going forward.

"I understand where we were weak and what we were vulnerable to last season so we've got to try and patch that up as best we can with something different - whether that's a change of formation or a couple of players coming in.

Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien

"We have to try and get that five or 10 percent more to try and get into the play-offs."

Stamford secured their highest-ever finish as a club last season after securing seventh spot on their return to step three of the non-league pyramid.

The nucleus of the previous season's title-winning squad had remained with the club with the already re-signed Duffy, Vince and Blunden playing key roles over the past campaigns.

Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Chitiza also returned to the club last season after a spell at Coalville Town while Glennon and Shaw both enjoyed superb campaigns after joining from AFC Rushden and Diamonds and Grantham Town respectively.

Drury added: "Teams will be more wary about us now after last season and the players deserve credit for that for what they have achieved and for what they're trying to achieve.

"We also try to build an atmosphere at the club which is enjoyable to be around and that has been evident to see."

Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Harry Vince. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Harry Vince. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Season ticket prices have been frozen by the club for next term and supporters can take advantage of an early bird saving by getting them before the end of May.

Adults and Concessions will benefit from a £10 saving if purchased by the end of May and £5 for 12-17-year olds.

The standard price from June 1 onwards will be £210 for adults, £130 for concessions and £40 for 12-17-year olds.



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