HARWICH and Parkeston manager Kieron Shelley believes he is assembling a squad capable of pushing onto the next level.

The Shrimpers boss hopes to bolster his squad and has shaken hands and made verbal agreements with seven potential new signings.

Kevin Coyle has been confirmed as their first new summer signing, having spent some of the 2018/19 campaign at the Royal Oak.

Defender Michael Murray is also rejoining and will link up with his team-mates when pre-season training begins on June 22.

Others new signings look set to follow suit and Shelley says each can help the club push for first division south honours.

"Our squad is really taking shape and we're so excited about next season," he said.

"We know we can't afford to stand still.

"We had such a great season last year and made a lot of noise, after returning to step six football.

"Now we want to push onto the next level and want to sign players capable of helping us get there.

"That's the calibre of player we're talking to - those who have been at this level before and even the one above.

"They understand and are committed to this standard and that's exactly what we need - ready-made players who have been there and done it; experienced lads who will lead by example and almost talk the younger ones through games.

"They're players who have got the talent to help us become a very, very good premier division side - let along a first division one."

The Shrimpers are likely to reveal their full squad for next season on July 1.

On the flip side, the club have confirmed that four players from last term are moving on - Shaun and Jake Kioussis, Brad Westley and Elliot Johnson.

"We thank them for everything they've done and wish them well for next season and the future," said Shelley.

Meanwhile, the Harwich boss says he is looking forward to working with Colchester United legend Steve Foley.

The vastly-experienced coach has agreed to help in an advisory role next season, lending the benefit of his wisdom to Shelley and assistant boss Mike Wallace.

He will be on hand to offer help and guidance, while also supporting training sessions.

"Steve's going to be helping us in an advisory role and he's going to be so helpful - a real font of knowledge," said Shelley.

"I can't wait to pick his brains and get his thoughts on certain things."

Shelley is hoping the public get behind his team again next season.

The club finished fifth in first division south and received plenty of backing both through the turnstile and in terms of sponsorship.

"We're so grateful to everyone, including our sponsors, and really hope they stick by us and support us again next season," said Shelley.

"It really makes the world of difference."

Anyone interested in taking out a sponsorship package at the club should contact assistant boss Wallace on 07507 862997.

Harwich's pre-season friendly against Brantham Athletic, scheduled for Friday, July 19, has been cancelled but replaced with a home fixture against Thetford Town on Saturday, July 20.