MANAGER Tom Rothery is tipping "tough, hard-working and tenacious" new signing Lamell Howell to slot straight in at Brightlingsea Regent.

The wide man is returning to the R's after a successful spell there during the 2015-16 campaign, when he played 28 times.

He then crossed the Suffolk border to play for Debenham Town before spending last season at Brantham Athletic, where he was crowned players' player-of-the-year.

Howell is the second former Regent player to return to the Taydal Stadium, following in the footsteps of Amir Berkane.

“Lamell's one of the nicest lads in non-league football and a real genuine character," said Rothery.

"He’s another one that will fit in immediately and, despite being such a nice lad, on the pitch he’s a tough, hard-working and tenacious wide player who can also operate just off the striker.

"He joins us at a great time for him, coming off the back of a successful season and, once again, it's pleasing he was eager to join us.

"We both feel Lamell has a bit of unfinished business at the club."

Rothery is pleased with the way his squad is taking shape ahead of next season's Isthmian League campaign.

"Like with the other signings we’ve made so far, we're bringing in young players that have had successful seasons, winning awards at their previous clubs," he added.

"Not only do they want to come and test themselves at a higher level, they also want to be part of this club."