NEW Melksham Town manager Richard Fey has swooped at former club Street as he puts together his squad ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Fey was appointed as Melksham boss earlier this month following the surprise resignation of Kieran Baggs in the final weeks of the 2018-19 campaign.

Fey, who arrives at Melksham after a successful stint at Town’s former Southern League Division One South rivals Street, has persuaded four players who were under his guidance in Somerset to head to the infiLED Arena alongside him.

Defenders Josh Bennett and Sam Hedges, midfielder Matt Hurley and striker Phil Ormerod have all agreed to join Melksham from the Cobblers, while midfielder Aidan Chainey makes it five new signings in total.

Meanwhile, experience striker Andy Sandell will remain at the club for the coming season after the former Newport County player confirmed his commitment to stay on.

Jordan Croad and Jack Baker have also announced their commitment to Melksham for next season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Fey said: “After speaking to Andy (Sandell) to thank him for seeing out last season, I soon realised that he wanted to stay at the club.

“He has played here before on loan and is a great signing that will help the younger lads with his experience.

“Josh (Bennett) was my manager's player of the year last season at Street and we have beaten off good competition to get him to commit.

“His attitude is excellent and he is brilliant for team spirit. He has come a long way in three years, and long may that continue.

“Phil (Ormerod) is an experienced target man in the Southern League.

“He was my top scorer last season, even though he had injuries and missed part of the season.

“He is another one with a great attitude and appreciates the chance to play at the wonderful facilities we have at Melksham Town.

“Matt (Hurley) has been with me at Street and Bridgwater. He is a quality midfielder with a great attitude. This is a great signing for the club.

“Sam (Hedges) was great for me last season. He is 20 years old and has great potential. He has a great attitude and jumped at the chance to join Melksham Town.

“Aidan (Chainey) is another lad with a great attitude and wants to do well. He is reliable and honest who gives 110 per cent and I know he will be a supporters’ favourite once the season starts.”