JOHN Coventry says the four new faces he has bolstered his East Thurrock United squad with will all bring something new to the squad.

Former defender Steve Sheehan, experienced midfielder Reece Prestege and prospect Jonathan Nzengo and forward Gokan Can all link with Coventry.

Rocks find themselves in 20th position in the National League South ahead of Saturday’s return to competitive action.

Without a game last Saturday due to their early FA Cup exit, East Thurrock built up some confidence with a 4-1 victory over Romford.

They now visit bottom club Weston-super-Mare looking to extricate themselves from the bottom three.

And Coventry is hopeful his new additions can help in their plight.

“I have signed all four players for different reasons,” said the East Thurrock chief. “I want to get back some of the identity of this club and I wanted someone that knew and cared about the club. Stevie Sheehan fits that bill and it’s an opportunity for him to play at a higher level.

“I needed a centre half and I also look at the defenders at the clubs in and around us. Steve is as good as any defender in those teams.

“Everyone has a level and I can afford to look at these guys. Players at clubs above us are too expensive for us.

“Steve is great to have around the place as well.

“Jonathan Nzengo is an exciting one. I am able to watch more Romford games now as they are playing their home matches at Rookery Hill and he has caught my eye. I have a good relationship with Magic [manager Paul Martin] and I said I would like to have a look at him. Magic wants players to progress and it is a good chance for him.

“Reece fits the bill in terms of what I want in a midfielder. He is experienced [having played for Dagenham & Redbridge, Bromley and Maidstone United] and has been there and done it. I want someone who is good enough to play his game in the middle while others work with and around him.

“Gokan Can became available and he has been here a few weeks. He is lively and quick and can play anywhere along the front. He has good attributes.”

Coventry has made the additions following a poor start to the season and injuries to key players, including new signing Shaun Batt and summer recruit Tom Stephen.

Rocks have six points from their first 11 games and have lost nine of those matches.

Weston are the only team in the division yet to win this term while a home game against Hungerford Town - who are one position above Rocks in the standings - follows.

And Coventry says a good run of results is important ahead of an end of month face off with Billericay Town.

“We need to start beating these sides,” said Coventry. “These few games are in an important block for us but we will only know how important it may be down the line. I am confident we can take points off teams higher than us in the table as the season goes on so it is not a disaster if we fail to beat Hungerford or Weston.”