Gloucester City are happy to announce that Lewis Hogg and Charlie Griffin have committed to the club for the 2014-2015 season.
Both players were instrumental in the Tigers charge to Conference North safety at the back-end of last season, with Griffin contributing nine goals in 16 games from his debut in February.
Hogg, who signed for the club in the summer of 2012, has become a fans favourite for his energy in midfield, scoring seven goals for the Tigers over that time.
Under the tutelage of manager Tim Harris, both players are excited at the prospect of putting on the yellow and black shirt for another season and are optimistic.
“In my opinion we have the quality to be aiming for the play-offs, we showed in the latter end of last season that we can cope with any team in the division so why not,” said Hogg.
“The last two seasons’ we’ve had great runs in the FA Cup and obviously that’s something we’d love to do again.”
Griffin, formerly of Swindon Town, Stevenage and Newport County, believes that the exciting squad is capable of hitting the ground running when the league campaign starts on August 9th.
“I’m sure we’re hoping for a massive improvement on last season, when Tim came in he set out what he wanted from us as a squad and we delivered,” explained Griffin.
“I’m hopeful that we’re going to hit the ground running from the beginning of the season and who knows where it’ll take us.
“The thing that I loved as a striker was the amount of chances we create, it’s entertaining attacking football and it’s great to be a part of.”
Both players acknowledge that the complete outlook of the club has changed since Harris took over the reins in February.
“Since Tim came in he’s rejuvenated the squad and over the summer he’ll bring in a few additions, so it’s interesting,” noted Hogg.
34-year-old Griffin agreed and said that Harris, as well as the support from the fans, has given the squad a new lease of life.
“Tim was a breath of fresh air and gave the squad a new lease of life when it needed one, and we reciprocated when the change was needed, it’ll be an exciting season.”
“I’ve played against Gloucester many times in the past and they always had great support, so when I came in and the fans embraced all of us, it was a massive factor for me.”
The Tigers will kick-off their pre-season with a trip to Cinderford Town on July 15th, before hosting Newport County, Hereford United and Bristol Rovers.