Tommy Wright says trust has been a key factor in his signings at Corby Town so far this summer.
The Steelmen this week added defender Duane Courtney and midfielder Anton Brown to their ranks as they continue their preparations for the new Vanarama National League North campaign.
The two new signings come following the arrivals of midfielder Ashley Sammons from Redditch United and defender Chris Carruthers who is back for a second spell at Steel Park.
Manager Wright has played alongside both Courtney and Brown in the past.
And, with his team ready to step up a level following last season’s title success in the Evo-Stik Southern League, Wright admits he has been keen to bring in players he can rely on.
“Signing Duane is a massive coup for the club and an indication as to how far we have come in the last year,” the Steelmen boss said.
“He is a player I rate very highly and one that I tried to sign in January on a loan deal to give us a boost.
“He brings with him great experience, natural leadership skills and is still hungry for success.
“He is the type of player me and Dave (assistant-manager Clarke) have been looking to bring in for some time and delighted to have been able to do it.
“With us stepping up a league, I have brought in people I trust and know from playing with and Duane fits that bill.
“It’s the same with Chris Carruthers who will again be massive for us this year. Everyone knows how much I rate him and appreciate him on and off the pitch.
“When signing players I do look into character and how they will fit into the group.
“The new boys will be very popular in an already great dressing-room. They fit into my playing philosophy, the work ethic and team spirit I demand.”
Corby confirmed the signing of former Alfreton Town midfielder Brown on Wednesday and Wright believes he will add more “steel” to the squad.
“Anton is a player I have tried to bring to the club since my appointment and I am delighted to finally get him to the club,” Wright added.
“He has had two frustrating seasons at Harrogate and Nuneaton and is now looking to get back to enjoying his football and is relishing a partnering with Cleveland Taylor in the middle of the park. They played together at Harrogate and are good friends.
“Anton is a powerhouse midfielder and, like Duane, has added more steel.
“Going into a more physical league I feel we have really strengthened the group in the right areas and I am very pleased how it looks on paper.”