THE Whites have made their first signings of the season, bringing in wide man Chris Shephard and defender Jake Wannell.

Shephard, 28, has already had two loans spells with the club in 2009 and 2010, joins from Weymouth where he has played for the last three seasons.

Whites boss Steve Claridge spoke about Shephard and said: “Chris is our type of player he is a really good footballer, he’s strong and he’s brave on the ball.

“He can play in a few positions which ticks a few boxes for us he can play wide either side, he can play number ten and can play in a three in midfield, he’s very versatile and he’s just a good player all round.”

He also added that he got the player signed on for “significantly less money than Weymouth were paying him,” he also said that Shephard signed on before Wannell and was prepared to drive from Exeter on his own, adding that’s how much he wanted to come.

Wannell, 23, also joins from Weymouth, having started his career at Exeter and Claridge told JournalSport: “Jake is a left-sided centre-half, which is something we’ve been looking for.

“He’s strong he’s tall and he can go and attack the ball and gives a bit of physical attributes, but he’s also quick.”

Wannell recently took to social media suggesting he will not train and said: “Don’t have to train. Just play games.”

But Claridge said: “Contrary to what Jake has said on social media they will train, that is not what was said, they just won’t train twice a week, they will train once a week.

Adding: “What he should have said was that they probably won’t train as much, because I think Weymouth were going to train three times a week, whereas we train twice a week.”

The Whites boss has also got his eye on another player but couldn’t comment further, but added: “I’ve got meetings with all last years players on Wednesday.

“I have spoken to all the players from last year, there was a bit of a misconception that I haven’t, but I have.

“But obviously what’s been going on at the club had to be resolved before I could start to confirm things.”