Sutton United boss Paul Doswell’s pre-season plans have been dealt a blow after two players quit the club this week.
Defender Craig Braham-Barrett and goalkeeper player-coach Wayne Shaw both called time on their Gander Green Lane careers, despite having already indicated they were committed to the forthcoming Blue Square South campaign.
Doswell has vowed to move quickly to secure their replacements with the season’s first game – at Basingstoke Town on August 18 – less than six weeks away, with two likely to come in this week.
Former Don Gareth Gwillim, striker Kezie Ibe and former Gateshead defender Sam Rents were all spotted at the club's training ground in Guildford for the start of pre-season training on Thursday and are expected to seal the paperwork on their respective deals before the start of the season.
Braham-Barrett, who made 14 appearances last season, has decided to concentrate on his university studies, while veteran Shaw has returned to former club Eastleigh.
“As well as a young goalkeeper we’ll be signing a left back, a left-sided midfielder and a centre-forward,” said Doswell.
Sutton’s first home league game is against Dover Athletic on August 21 and they host Leyton Orient on July 18 to kick-off pre-season.