NEW Alcester Town manager Danny Janes has wasted no time in moulding his squad ahead of the Midland League Division Three campaign by making two impressive additions.
Janes was promoted from reserve team manager to first team boss on Saturday, just 24 hours after the resignation of James Robbins as first team player manager.
Despite only just taking over the first team reins at the Stratford Road club, Janes has acted swiftly to add experienced players Brendan Hicks and Paul O’Brien to the ranks.
Forward Hicks, who lists Feckenham, Fairfield Villa, Littleton and Studley among his former clubs, has joined Janes’ side having spent most of pre-season with Studley.
Midfielder O’Brien, once on the books of Newcastle United and Birmingham City, is an experienced non-league player who has featured for Halesowen Town, Stratford Town and Studley among others.
Janes said: “I have played with Brendan in various teams and I know the qualities he possesses. Not only is he a natural goalscorer, but his vision and creativity will complement the attacking philosophy that I want to implement.
“The signing of Brendan signifies our intent and the potential this club has.
“Paul is highly regarded as a footballer. He has played the highest level out of any player at the club and his experience and quality will be crucial this season.
“Paul represents how I want the team to play, playing between the lines and creating overloads in attack.
“The other players look up to Paul because of what he brings to the team. He is an excellent signing and another statement of the team’s objectives.”
Janes, who holds his Level Two badge along with Youth Modules, replaced Robbins at the helm after the latter’s decision to stand down.
Janes, the current Worcestershire county manager as well as an England Schoolboy coach and selector, has worked for Birmingham City Academy whilst also representing the Midland League in the representative sides.
Having played for Feckenham, Alvechurch, Pershore Town and Redditch Reserves, he went on to win the league and cup double with Alcester Town’s Reserves in his first season in senior management.
He said: “I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to manage Alcester first team.
“The decision was tough because of the planning and preparation that had gone into the reserves for the upcoming season. However, I think the club has the potential to challenge and achieve success.
“My first objective is to communicate with the current players. They performed very well towards the back end of last season and they are pivotal to my plans.
“I will be looking to take specific players with me to the first team, creating the right balance within the squad.”
Chairman Dave Taylor said of Robbins’ departure: “We cannot thank James enough for the commitment, effort and desire he showed whilst running our first team.
“His hard work was second to none and speaking to him on a regular basis was a pleasure. He was a breath of fresh air when he took on the role with his ideas to move the club forward.”
On Tuesday Tom Milward, Robbins’ assistant last season, also departed Town, who begin their league campaign at home to NKF Burbage on August 13.