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Taaffe Commits To Stutes

Brian Page's squad for the coming season at Conference North outfit Histon continues to take shape with confirmation that Lewis Taaffe has committed himself to the club.

The 21-year-old midfielder or forward is a graduate of the Scholarship Programme at Bridge Road and has been a regular feature in the side over the last three years, scoring 17 times in 72 starts and but for a series of injuries would surely have added many more to that tally.

A two week trial at Dagenham & Redbridge over the summer was ultimately unsuccessful but the Daggers' loss is Histon's gain and manager Brian Page was pleased to secure the influential midfielder, stating: "Taffy has proved himself as an important player for us. It has been a little frustrating over the summer as he had one or two other options but I thought he was worth waiting for and I'm really happy to have his signature on the paperwork at last."

Page's squad have a busy few days ahead of them as preparations for the coming season accelerate with a visit to St Neots Town tonight before hosting Colchester United's first team at The Glass World Stadium on Wednesday evening. On Saturday, another tough fixture awaits as the Stutes travel to Royston Town, but Page is pleased with how things are progressing and is looking forward to this week's games: "The games are starting to come quickly now and that's a planned part of our build up," the manager said. "The players have responded well to how we are doing things this year and everyone will be involved this week as they all need more game time of course. It's hard for them but pre-season isn't meant to be easy, it's about putting the hard work in now so that we can hit the ground running when the season starts."

Performances so far have been encouraging with a number of players catching the eye in the games against Haverhill and Brentford, and Page is pleased with the progress so far, commenting: "The players have done well in both games. We've played some good football and the fitness has been good. We've scored goals and competed well and some of the trialists are making it difficult for me, which is what you want of course. The squad is shaping up nicely but we are short in one or two areas so I will need to deal with that but I'm confident we'll be ready to go come 3 o'clock on 17 August."

One player that will not be involved, however, is midfielder Levi Porter, who has signed for Oadby Town. Page was disappointed to lose the player but said: "It's a shame but Levi is based in Leicester so the travelling was always difficult for him and he's been offered more to play locally at a lower level so that's what he's decided to do and we wish him well at his new club."

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