Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor has re-signed Luke Denton in a bid to boost his squad ahead of the Ryman League division one South run-in.
The defender and former skipper, who left the Saffrons in 2009, could come into the side at the weekend, but the manager believes he can have a positive influence on the squad as a whole.
Town have six matches to ward off the threat of the drop, starting with the visit of Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow (3pm). They currently have a five-point cushion over the bottom two.
As well as Denton, Bloor hoped to have two more additions in place in time for tomorrow’s match, one of whom has league experience with Worthing.
Bloor said of his acquisition, “Luke Denton is an Eastbourne Town player through and through. One thing I know about Luke, he’s a character and I think he is the type of player who, in the dressing room, will put a smile on faces.”
He arrives at a time when Town are struggling with injuries; midfielder Matt Ferdinando will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle problem picked up in Monday’s defeat at Walton Casuals. Ryan James (hamstring), Brett Patton (groin) and Steve Elliot (hamstring) are all also carrying knocks.
But Bloor is determined to retain a positive outlook. He said, “When you get to the last six games, it’s the time of year when it doesn’t matter who you are playing.
“You can get strange results when some teams are in mid-table with nothing to play for; you don’t always look at the form book.”
The manager maintains his target is to reach the 40-point mark, which should secure survival. But he won’t be looking over his shoulder.
He added, “In life it is best to look for the positive side of things not the negatives; the glass is half full.”