Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Chasetown FC
Chasetown FC manager Charlie Blakemore has described his three new signings as “exciting prospects”. The Scholars have brought in centre back Matty Cohen from Stoke City, left back Chris Peel from Crewe Alexandra and former Willenhall Town right-back Craig Deakin. The trio will be in the squad for the club’s final friendly of the season against FC Sheffield on Saturday (August 14). And boss Blakemore believes they will add a youthful element to his squad as they gear up for their debut season in the Evo-Stick Premier Division. He told the Chasetown FC website:
“We have completed the signing of three excellent prospects, all 18 years of age who have impressed in pre-season. We have a good balance of youth and experience in the squad now and other youngsters like Chris Horton and Jack Farmer are pushing for a regular place in the first team. There are other lads from our youth and reserve set up who are also on my radar after impressing in pre-season games. We will again operate with a small squad this season boosted with high potential youngsters. “I am still looking to bring in one or two experienced players in certain positions and have been talking to several players in this past week. It is the time of the season where players keep their options open and every year at this time players become available after not settling into new clubs and hopefully we can bring in a couple of players in specific positions to strengthen our squad to increase competition and help deal with injuries and suspension.”
Despite refreshing his ranks with the new acquisitions, Blakemore has also been boosted from within the dressing room. He explained:
“It is great to have midfielder Lee Parsons and striker Dean Perrow back to full fitness after losing them for the whole of last season through injury. These are two great players and they feel like new signings.”


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