Tim Harris is optimistic about what new signing Jamie Edge can bring to his Gloucester City side, after the former Arsenal midfielder joined the Tigers this week.
Edge, 24, was impressive in a trial appearance against a strong Cheltenham Town team in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup on Tuesday night, a game that the Tigers won 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Now, after re-signing Edge who left the club in 2013 after a short spell, Harris is full of praise for his new acquisition.
“You can see it in Jamie’s game the natural ability that he possesses” said Harris. “What I was most impressed with was his leadership qualities and his organisation.
“When you look at our season on a whole so far, I think that is something that we have been lacking and Jamie can definitely change that.”
The Tigers go in search of their first win in four games when they travel to Bognor Regis Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Rocks are a newly promoted side into the National League South, and they currently sit 18th in the league table.
Despite their league position, Harris is expecting a tough game from a side with similar philosophies to his own.
“Just like everybody else we have done our homework on Bognor, and we know that they love to get the ball down and play expansive football.
“I’m told that the pitch there is absolutely superb and hopefully that will play to our strengths.
“We had a poor performance on Saturday make no bones about it, but in the County Cup on Tuesday we had a more bright showing so hopefully the lads can carry that into tomorrow.”
Joe Hanks will be unavailable for the trip to Bognor due to work commitments and Sam Avery is suspended and so Harris will look to freshen the side up.
“We’ll have a couple of absentees but that’s nothing we haven’t had to deal with before. I think Karnell Chambers has done really well recently so he’s in contention, as is Ross Finnie.
“It’s not a secret that we do have a decent sized squad, so the players can’t be complacent and I expect them all to fight for their shirt which is something we didn’t see on Saturday.
“Whilst we had a purple patch, we haven’t really done that well. Last Saturday we were desperately lacking leadership and as I’ve said, Jamie Edge can bring that to us.
“He’s hungry to do well, he really wanted to play for us, he has great desire and he will add to what we’ve got so it ticks a lot of boxes for me.”