Alty boss Heathcote focuses on a recruitment drive

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GRAHAM Heathcote is on the look-out for new signings after completing discussions with his existing Altrincham players and ensuring there will be no more departures from Moss Lane.

After losing Chris Senior to Darlington and Greg Young to York, Heathcote made a point of tying up other contracted players on new deals and has now received firm assurances from skipper Robbie Lawton and popular keeper Stuart Coburn that they, too, will remain with the club next season.

The Alty manager can now concentrate his efforts on a recruitment drive and is already being linked with a move for former Moss Lane favourite Lewis Chalmers, following the midfielder's release by Aldershot.

"Lewis is one of many players I will be speaking to, but I have to stress that a full-time player in his mid-20s is likely to want to remain full-time," he said. "I will put a call in, at least, because now everyone here is done and dusted, it's time to start considering who we can bring in.

"Robbie and Stu are both non-contract players but have verbally agreed to be with us next season, so that's last season's squad sorted. Now it's a case of finding three new players, a centre-back, central midfielder and striker, and maybe one or two more to have a look at in pre-season games."

Heathcote, who recently made former Morecambe striker Michael Twiss his first summer signing, was mystified by a national Sunday newspaper report claiming Blackpool were ready to bid for contracted England C defender Shaun Densmore.

"I have no idea where that came from," he said.

"I have spoken to Shaun, and he is as much in the dark as I am. Neither of us has heard a word from anyone connected with Blackpool, so you can only assume it's just speculation.

"I can see similarities to Colin Little in Michael Twiss, and I'm confident he will prove a big asset for us. His fitness is fine, and he has proven ability."

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