BOSS Paul Collicutt revealed how negotiating hotshot George Seacole’s move to Evesham United had been “like a breath of fresh air”. 

Seacole has agreed terms for a switch from former league rivals North Leigh with defenders Nathan Summers and Shayne Anson also committing to the Robins cause.

The striker is the son of Jason Seacole, who remains Oxford United’s youngest player to feature in a Football League match, and has been a target of Collicutt’s for some time.

“George has a great pedigree, I used to play for Swindon against his dad at Oxford United and he comes from good stock,” said the Evesham manager.

“When George came on to the scene I recognised the surname and could not figure it out for a while.

"We went in for him last season and while I am sure he would admit to not having the best of campaigns, his record speaks for itself.

“He was like a breath of fresh air when we met. We listened to each other and the conversation was so different to some of the players I have spoken to.

“This lad just wants to play. He lives in Oxford so North Leigh was just up the road but he wants to try something different and likes what he sees at Evesham.” 

Centre-half Summers returns to senior non-league football after a year out during which he represented Hartpury College. 

The ex-Plymouth Argyle youngster played seven times for Westfields during 2016-17 having featured in 33 matches during Hereford’s Midland Football League title success and run to the FA Vase final at Wembley. 

“Nathan can play in the centre of midfield too,” said Collicutt.

“He’s from Devon way but having come up to Hartpury College got involved at Hereford and played in each of the final few rounds of the FA Vase before getting dropped for the final.

“It has taken him a long time to get over that. He concentrated playing for Hartpury’s first team last season.

“Everyone I have spoken to has good things to say about him and having met up, I feel he will be a good acquisition. 

“He is physically strong, good at organising and hates losing, he has a winning mentality and is very vocal about it.

“The one thing about our team is that we’re too quiet and Nathan comes in at a good age with a desire to be successful. I am sure he will be.”

Anson, a flexible defender who can be utilised anywhere across the backline, spent two seasons as player-assistant manager at Tuffley Rovers in the Hellenic League where he racked up 69 appearances.

Prior to that, he played 96 times in four seasons for Cirencester Town with 37 outings in the 2013-14 campaign that saw the Centurions win promotion from Evesham’s current level. 

“He was captain at Cirencester and is hungry to open up a new chapter in his career after two years in the Hellenic,” said Collicutt.

“Shayne can play anywhere across the back and brings strength and leadership. He knows what it takes to get out of this level so his experience will be invaluable.”

They join goalkeeper Harvey Rivers, Marley Thomas and Joe Tumelty as new recruits at the Jubilee Stadium as manager Paul Collicutt looks to soften the blow of losing top scorer Adam Mann, defensive talisman Mat Liddiard and left-back Lewis Binns.

One player that has agreed to stay put in defender Liam Harding, who has spent more than a year on the sidelines following surgery on three torn or ruptured ligaments in his knee.