Hellenic League side Longlevens have bolstered their squad as they look to ensure survival in the Premier Division, including the signing of Tuffley Rovers goalkeeper Kane Winman.
Along with Winman, Longlevens have extended the loans of Forest Green Academy duo Sam Hendy & Jay Malshanskyj and secured the signing of experienced full back Adam Hemming.
Winman, who has shared the number 1 jersey at Glevum Park with Luke Merchant this season, gives manager Craig Martin another goalkeeping option and will challenge Ash Wintle for the number 1 shirt at Saw Mills.
Martin admitted that signing Kane Winman was something he and former manager Mark Moore wanted to do during the summer and told Severn Sport he was delighted to bring in the former Gloucester City U18s keeper.
“Signing Kane was something Mark wanted at the start of the season, to compete with Ash for the number 1 jersey. With him getting a chance at Tuffley and doing so well it wasn’t the right time to bring him in, but when Luke Merchant is available he seems to get the nod over Kane.
Getting Kane in was exactly what I want, to push one another, to add that level of competition we need in our position. We have been able to call upon Reserve team keeper Liam Best this season and when he has played he has been superb.
Now I have got at least two options and sometimes three, so training, commitment and performance level is going to be key to see who can wrestle that number 1 jersey, and keep it!”
Forest Green duo Sam Hendy and Jay Malshanskyj impressed enough on their initial one month work experience loan for Levens to extend the deals for another month. Martin was once again delighted to keep the duo.
“To keep Jay and Sam on is exactly what we need at the moment. The lads have been spot on with their attitude and level of performance. Sometimes it is a gamble with any loan move to see if you get the attitude right for the squad but they have been great.
Jay works his socks off for the team and doesn’t give defenders a moments peace. Sam is an engine in midfield and the lad doesn’t stop. They both also take on board everything, in particular Sam, who has been asked to do different jobs defending on the opposition and he sticks to it.
Both are getting better by the game and the rest of the squad enjoy having them around. I have also seen Harry Emmett and Isaac Johns up their games too. All being similar ages has brought out a great level of competition. I’ve now got 4 young players, who are all busting a gut for Longlevens.”
Hemming joins the squad as cover at left back with Logan Roach playing a crucial role for his Hartpury side and Rhys Lewis being required to cover for the Reserve side.
Severn Sport understands that all four will be in the Longlevens squad for their trip to Ardley United on Saturday.