DEAN Brennan is pleased with how he has bolstered his Billericay Town side ahead of a National League South encounter with Chippenham Town.

Town have welcomed four new signings to the AGP Arena since the turn of the year, while Devonte Aransibia and Paul Rooney have extended their loan spells until the end of the season.

And Brennan believes Billericay are moving in the right direction after bringing in the likes of Connor Smith, who made his debut in last weekend’s win over Weston-super-Mare, from National League side Boreham Wood.

“Connor has been a Football League player for nearly all his life and I tried to sign him when I first got the job,” said the Billericay boss.

“Luke Garrard does a fantastic job at Boreham Wood and I’ve got a good relationship with him.

“I told him I wanted to bring Connor in if he became available and the move came about from there.

“I tried to sign him at Hemel Hempstead Town as well and he is a player I really like.

“He is a box-to-box midfielder and that’s what I thought we needed.

“Connor will get a few goals as well and although I had to play him at the back towards the end at Weston because of injuries, he caused problems going forward and could have easily got a hat-trick.”

While Brennan is also looking to add another player to his ranks before this weekend, he was delighted after Aransibia’s loan move from Norwich City was extended until the end of the campaign.

“Devonte is a developing player and we like him,” added Brennan.

“He knows where the goal is, but he needs that consistency and to do more defensively.

“There is no reason why he can’t get a goal every two games at this level.

“He is the type of player we want to bring into this football club because what I want is hungry players.”

Billericay will be seeking back-to-back wins when Chippenham visit the AGP Arena tomorrow.

Chippenham - who are currently 13th in the standings - claimed a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture, which proved to be Harry Wheeler’s final match in charge.

And Brennan knows Billericay will need to be at their best if they are to overcome the visitors.

“Chippenham have always been a hardworking and industrial side,” admitted Brennan.

“They have quite a bit of talent in their side and have power at the top end of the pitch.

“It’s going to be a tough game because they have enough quality to cause us problems, but we will be ready for the challenge.”

Town head into the encounter having beaten Weston-super-Mare, following a run of five defeats on the spin, last time out.

The victory gave supporters the opportunity to see Nathan Minhas for the first time since being recalled from his loan spell with Ascot United.

And Brennan, who confirmed Callum Kennedy and Sam Deering will not feature this weekend through injury, is excited about what the future will bring for the striker.

“Nathan is a special talent and a natural goalscorer,” said Brennan.

“He knows where the goal is and reminds me of Jamie Vardy because he is infectious.”