LUCA COLLINS says he is looking forward to the challenge of filling pal Chris Haigh’s boots at Swifts.
Luca, 19, who has just arrived at Scraley Road from local rivals Witham, regularly chats to Heybridge’s Supporters Player of the Year Chris, who has just signed for Concord.
He said: “I like a new challenge so I’m looking forward to trying to fill Chris’ boots here.
“He is a terrific player and had a great season last year. He is a guy I talk to and I’m quite close to him.
“I was there to see Swifts win the play-off final and Chris’ three saves in the shoot-out were incredible.
“And now I want to follow in his footsteps by coming to Heybridge, working hard and showing the fans what I can do.”
Luca, who came through the youth set-ups at Southend United and Ipswich, and also had a spell at Sudbury, is also pleased to have arrived at Swifts alongside a couple of former Witham team-mates.
Swifts announced via Twitter this evening that they have now added former Town right-back Jack Lelliott to their squad alongside his former defensive partner Jack Kemsley.
Luca (pictured) said: “It is great to see both of them come to Swifts too. We performed well as a unit last year.
“We all know it is a strong squad here but we are looking forward to fighting for our places.
“And there will be plenty of competition because I know how good the players are here. For a start I know Joe Claridge from my time at Sudbury, and Dan Walker from Southend.
“It’s a great squad and I think we should be pushing towards the top end of the division again next season.”
The club have also added promising young centre-half Jayden Randell and former Basildon United midfielder Jack Adlington-Pile to their retained list.
Eight of their team-mates committed to another year in Julian Dicks’ Bostik North play-off winning squad yesterday.