LITTLE Oakley boss Sean Tynan has admitted being delighted with his trio of summer signings.

The Acorns have bolstered their squad by recruiting midfielder Stuart Roddick, from West Bergholt, winger Chris Wall, from Capel Plough, and striker Harry Mann, from Brantham Athletic.

The latter wasted no time in opening his goal account, netting in Saturday’s opening pre-season friendly defeat against Brightlingsea Regent.

And Tynan says he is pleased to have the trio on board, as he and his players continue their preparations for the new Thurlow Nunn League season.

“Things are going well and I couldn’t be happier with the signings I’ve made,” said the Oakley boss.

“Stuart’s going to be our midfield general.

“He’ll be our destroyer, sitting there, telling people what to do and breaking play up.

“Chris is a flying winger and someone who will get up and down the pitch, hopefully creating goals, while Harry is an excellent young striker who joins us from Brantham.

“He’s quick and powerful.

“I know them all and I know what they’re going to bring to our team.

“It’s an exciting prospect.”

All of last season’s squad have re-signed, apart from Frankie Selwyn and Sean Mathurin, who have joined Brantham Athletic.

Oakley lost 3-1 at home to Regent in their first friendly on Saturday.

However, Tynan felt it was an excellent work-out against the Bostik League premier division side, at the Memorial Ground.

“It was a really good friendly against Brightlingsea,” he said.

“We applied ourselves really well against decent opposition and didn’t look too far off the pace.

“We gave them a good game and the only disappointment was the fact we conceded three very sloppy goals.

“That was disappointing, but then that’s what pre-season is for.

“At least we’ve got time to work on things before the start of the season.”

The biggest blow on the day was an injury suffered by striker Jordan Heath. At first it was feared he had broken his ankle.

However, it turns out he has suffered ligament damage and will not be out for as long as feared.

“Jordan picked up an injury and that’s a blow,” said Tynan.

“He suffered it in Saturday’s friendly against Brightlingsea.

“At first we thought we’d broken his ankle and he had to go to hospital, but now it turns out it’s bad ligament damage.

“He’ll still be out for a while, of course, but hopefully he won’t have to miss too much.”

Oakley have no game this weekend but host Stowmarket Town on Tuesday night.

The fixture has been switched to the Memorial Ground and will kick off at 6.45pm.