LOUIS Langdown’s productive week has continued with another new signing for his Southern One West charges AFC Totton.

Hot on the heels of welcoming hotshot Justin Bennett to Salisbury Road, the Stags have swooped for gritty midfielder Liam Crook from Hamble Club.

Crook played a key part in Hamble’s climb from the Hampshire to the Wessex ranks and captained them on their maiden Sydenhams Premier voyage last term.

He can play in numerous positions and is described by his new club as “a truly gifted player.”

Crook, who has also played for Sholing and Winchester City, is delighted to be welcomed into the Totton fold.

“I’ve joined a big club locally which you can see is going in the right direction,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to a good pre-season.

“No one can match the gaffer’s training, with his background, so I know I will be the fittest I have been.”

Manager Langdown believes that, like Bennett, Crook will be a valued older head in a predominantly young Totton side.

He said: “Everyone knows that we promote and play young players who want to develop and progress, but we are also a Southern League club and, locally, those who want to step up need to know that the option is here with AFC Totton.

"Liam is a player alright. He wanted this move and we are happy to have him on board.”

Adding to the feel-good factor is news that Toby Adekunle has committed early for the new campaign.

After a strong finish to last season, the 23-year-old wide man attracted attention from a level or two higher, but wants to remain a Stag.

Totton believe he will go higher eventually – hopefully with the Stags themselves – and look forward to helping him develop further.

Assistant boss Adam Wilde said: “We are a big believer in pushing people on. Toby fits the profile of a player higher league sides would take a gamble on.

"He’s a good age, has good pace and cares about his game. We are thankful we have another year to work with him and get him ready for the jump.”

Adekunle himself said: “I had a really good end to the season and I want to take that into next season and push on again.

"Why not try and go one step further than last year? At 23 I am ambitious, but why not move up the levels with AFC Totton?”

Crook will make a quick return to his old stamping ground when Totton visit Hamble Club for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 24 (7.45pm).

That comes after a July 10 (7.45pm) trip to Brockenhurst and a home game against National League new boys Havant & Waterlooville on July 17 (7.45pm).