Jamie Day concluded two more signings late on Saturday morning as he bolstered his defence with the capture of two players from the Football League.
Matt Fish, 26, arrives from Gillingham while Kelvin Langmead, 29, joins from Northampton Town after mutually agreeing an end to his contract at Sixfields last Monday.
Fish is primarily a right-back who began his career at Crystal Palace as a youth before his breakthrough with Dover Athletic in 2007. He spent four years at Crabble, playing 150 games and twice winning promotion with the Whites. Andy Hessenthaler signed him for Gillingham when he moved to the manager’s seat there in 2011 and Fish went on to make more than 75 Football League appearances.
Having recently been on loan at Portsmouth, a deal which concluded earlier this month, the Fleet boss moved quickly to add the Gills player to his reshaped squad.
And another big signing for the club is tall central defender Langmead. In the early part of his career he was a striker and played for Preston, Kidderminster and Carlisle in the Football League before enjoying a long career with Shrewsbury Town, where he moved into defence. He reached two play-off finals with Shrewsbury, playing upwards of 250 games, before he was sold to Peterborough in 2010 and Northampton two years later.
At Northampton he was club captain and player of the year two seasons ago but admitted the time was right to move on. “I know it’s the right decision. I’ve been in football a long time and the club has moved on and I think it’s time I did. It’s the right time to be starting a new chapter in my career.”
Jamie Day was delighted with his double swoop. “Kelvin’s had a good, long League career,” he told FleetOnline. “He’s played something like well over 300 games and he’s still only 29 so has a lot to offer. He’s got plenty of experience to offer the back players and was captain at the Cobblers so is a real leader. Matt’s well known in Kent football over the last six or seven years and is another who could hold his own easily in the League still so I think it’s great we’ve landed both of them and they’re both keen to get us to where we’re headed.”