Oakes is closing in on signings

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FAIRFIELD Villa manager Paul Oakes is hoping to make a move on players in the next week as the squad strengthening steps up.

Oakes is aiming to secure the services of new faces tonight as they prepare for the 2012-13 campaign in the Midland Combination Division One.

Former Highgate United attacker Jason Currin and ex- Kidderminster Harriers youth teamer Dominic Strevens have already joined the club.

However, Lewis Smith has left Villa for Midland Alliance side Alvechurch, while goalkeeper Marc Rogers has retired because of his work demands.

Oakes said: “Marc has been a really good keeper for the last three or four years but he’s got quite a high-powered job in the city and he’s decided he can’t devote his time like he wants to.

“We’ve got three keepers training with us and hopefully we can sort that out.

“It’s great that Lewis joining Alvechurch as it’s a feather in both his and the club’s cap as it’s a move upwards.

“We’ve also got a couple of promising players coming on board in Dominic and Jason.”

Top-scorer Ryan Sproston, who is recovering from injury, is also remaining with the club.

Villa kick-off their pre-season friendly programme at Blackwood on Saturday.

They then go to Bewdley Town on Saturday, July 21, before facing Redditch United Reserves three days later and then end their preparations at Earlswood Town on Saturday, July 28.

Villa are also starting a reserve team, which will play in the Kidderminster and District League Saturday Premier.

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