New additions to first team squad

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Phil Staley has been working hard to bring in new players this week.

Phil Staley has been working hard to bring in new players this week.

THE Seagulls management team have acted swiftly following last Saturday’s 5-0 FA Cup defeat, with three new additions to the squad likely to be completed this week.

Former Bolton Wanderers, Yeovil Town and Telford fullback or attacking wide midfielder Glenn Matthews, 20,  has signed on permanent deal and the club have reached agreement on two loan deals – including one major signing from a Premiership club which is currently awaiting clearance from the FA.

The other loan player is 19-year-old right sided midfielder  Michael Brewster from  National League club Southport, initially for one month.

He had a promising youth career with Oldham Athletic halted by a broken leg, but he came back from that to star for FC United of Manchester before being signed by Scottish Championship club St Mirren. He joined Southport on a free in the summer.

Head of recruitment Phil Staley described last Sunday as “probably my hardest day in non league football” amidst the fall out from the Workington defeat.

 “I was literally on the phone non-stop all day  to contacts,” he said.
  The management team have taken a lot of flack after three successive defeats, culminating in that  FA Cup elimination,  but Staley said losing four key players through injury, plus the sale of skipper Wes Baynes to GAP Connah’s Quay, had been hard for a new and small squad to absorb.
 “Everybody seemed pleased with how pre-season went and we got good results in the league against Hyde, Salford and Ashton United, but losing five big players, of which three are defenders, has hit us hard.
 “Yet even with a skeleton side I thought we matched Workington for the opening 32 minutes on Saturday, but two quick penalty awards against us (in the space of eight first half minutes) changed the game and we never recovered from that.
 “From our point of view two of the three penalties were poor decisions and the referee admitted afterwards that he may have got a couple of decisions wrong – but it is too late then.”