Croydon Athletic manager Dave Garland has hailed the arrival of new co-owner Mazhar Majeed as music to his ears.

Majeed took over the club last month and backed his promise to splash the cash with three new signings last week ahead of Saturday's goalless draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Goalkeeper Jack Smelt, 18, joined after been released by Colchester United and striker Sam Clayton moved across Croydon from Whyteleafe, where he was top scorer last season. Gary Mabbutt also joined permanently having been at the club towards the end of last season.

Garland said: "Twenty years I have been doing this and I have been waiting for someone like this all those years. He wants to win this division and get promoted which is great. It's pressure but it's good. He is really ambitious and wants to take this club as far as it can go.

"It's fantastic. He has done lots of things around the ground already and is looking to do a lot more. It's music to my ears."

Garland, whose side open their Ryman Division One South campaign against Met Police on August 16, is still hopeful of recruiting more players before the end of pre-season.

He said: "We have got two or three players heading down we are going to have a look at.

"Sam Clayton did ever so well at Whyteleafe. I think he is going to be a good player. He is young and helps fill the void left by Moses Ademola."

Smelt was in the Colchester academy last year and Garland wants him to rival Michael Lidbury for the number one spot in the side.

"I have told them it is up to them who plays, so we will see," he said.

AFC Wimbledon were the better side for much of Saturday's match but Croydon held firm to keep the score goalless, with Smelt pulling off some good saves in the second half.

The Rams play Sutton United tonight and follow it up with a game against Harrow Borough this Saturday afternoon at the Keith Tuckey Stadium.