BRANTHAM Athletic manager Michael Brothers has hailed the predatory instincts of new signing Karl Andrade.

The frontman has joined from Thurlow Nunn League premier division neighbours FC Clacton.

Andrade finished as the Seasiders' top scorer last term, plundering 23 goals.

And Brothers believes he can be similarly prolific during his stay with the Imps.

"We were over the moon to sign Karl," he said.

"He had a great season but we really struggled in front of goal.

"We were among the lowest-scorers in the division.

"We seriously lacked threat so it was an area that needed addressing as a matter of urgency.

"Karl's one of those players you really want in your team.

"If he gets half a chance, he'll score.

"He's lively, always ready if he gets a sniff in front of goal and always prepared to shoot.

"That's not being greedy - it's about being confident - and his attitude is very professional.

"Karl's also an experienced player now and it'll be good for our younger players to see him in action and play alongside him."

Andrade is one of a handful of new signings at Brantham, with other new recruits including the returning Elliot Johnson.

The attacking player has returned after a season at neighbours Harwich and Parkeston.

"I'm excited by the prospect of trying to get the best out of him, because I know what he's capable of," said Brothers

"(New assistant manager) Patrick (Brothers) has seen him for the first time in training and been very impressed.

"He's another creative player and that's great, because we want to be more creative next season.

"Our build-up play was fine last year but we needed people to be more ruthless and have a killer instinct.

"These signings will definitely help in that respect."

Brantham were due to play their opening pre-season friendly at West Bergholt on Tuesday night.

Next up they visit Stanway Pegasus on Saturday.

"The games are coming thick and fast now which is what we want," added Brothers.

"We're footballers and look forward to any match situation, as opposed to just training.

"We had a couple of sessions but the great thing is that the boys keep themselves in great shape now, compared to years gone by.

"They go to the gym and come back fit, which is excellent because it means we can get the balls out sooner and start working on shapes and systems."