MANAGER Tom Rothery believes new recruit Jack Newman has a point to prove during his time with Brightlingsea Regent.

The midfielder became Rothery's third signing - following Jake Turner and Sam Ashford - after joining on Tuesday night from Hadleigh United.

The former Ipswich Town Academy ace has also played for Needham Market and AFC Sudbury and helped the latter win the Ryman League division north title in 2016, making 38 appearances.

However, his chances were few and far between in their premier division campaign and Rothery believes that will give Newman added motivation to impress for the R's.

"I feel I’ve got a player with a bit of a point to prove," said the Regent boss.

"Jack didn’t really get the game time he wanted while at step three with Sudbury.

"But he’s hungry to show what he’s capable of and I have no doubt he'll prove a great addition.

"I was really impressed with his attitude and desire to come to the club and play at this level.

“Despite only being 21, he has a lot of experience and he's a young, talented and busy footballer who will fit in with the Regent ethos.

"Similar to Sam and Jake, he was a target as soon as I got the Brightlingsea job."

Meanwhile, midfielder Connor Witherspoon has left Regent and joined Aveley for an undisclosed fee. His last appearance came in Saturday's 3-1 victory against Harlow Town.

Robbie Rees and Freddie Gard also joined the Millers - managed by former R's boss James Webster - on Tuesday night.

Luke Mallett has joined Witham Town on loan, initially for a month, but Rothery is not expecting any more departures from the Taydal Stadium.

He expects things to "quieten down" on the transfer front, although there could still be one or two more additions.

Rothery also confirmed that Harry McDonald has returned following a loan spell with Tendring neighbours FC Clacton.