Aveley boss Carl Griffiths has wasted little time on learning of his side’s Ryman Premier reprieve by announcing several signings for the forthcoming season.
The Millers were reprieved last week in the reshuffle which has followed Rushden & Diamonds’ dismissal from the Conference, a decision they are appealing.
But upon hearing the news Griffiths has been busy setting his side up for their third consecutive season in the division.
“I was delighted when I got the phone call from Craig Johnson (club secretary), I didn’t know who was more delighted!”
“I always had a feeling that we may stay up but when Rushden got the 21-day adjournment and we weren’t mentioned in the reshuffle I thought that was it.
“But it’s great news we are back at this level, and it all goes to show how important that finally day win at Hastings was.”
Re-signing from last year include Supporters Player of the Season Tony Russell, plus fellow defender Spencer Harrison.
Fighting it out for the number one jersey will be Dave McCartney and former Thurrock and Brentwood Town keeper Billy McMahon.
Strikers Sherwin Stanley and Ryan Stalley will also return to Mill Field for the new campaign, as do Joey May and Alfie Dady alongside some new additions.
Micah Hyde, released from Billericay Town after guiding them to Essex Senior Cup Final success and an 11th place finish, just four points off the play-offs.
Along with the experienced midfielder, Ross Parmenter will start the season with the Millers after spending last season at the Ryman One North play-off finalists Brentwood Town, and was known to be attracting interest from higher up the Non League pyramid.
Left midfielder Lee Perry, another one of Griffiths’ former players at his previous club Brentwood is also set to join Aveley for the new season with more set to be announced.
On the signing Griffiths said: “As soon as I heard he had been released by Billericay I was interested.
“Micah done well for Billericay last year and it is a great signing for the new season. Ross is another good player who has been attracting a lot of clubs and will be another good signing.
“Lee Perry was another who was with me at Brentwood and is a good left winger who will cause a lot of problems.”
Aveley will start their pre season training on July 2 ahead of their first friendly against Essex Senior League side Barkingside on Wednesday, July 13. Griffiths is also expecting fellow defenders Ryan Andrews and Charlie Read to sign when they return from holiday.
Griffiths will take the opening few games to look at a few players before looking to get a strong squad of around 18-20 players in preparation for the Welshman’s first full season in the Mill Field hotseat.