BILLERICAY Town boss Harry Wheeler insists he is only looking to make two more signings ahead of the forthcoming National League South season.

Josh Urquhart has already sealed his return to the AGP Arena following a 12-month hiatus, while Jordan Parkes is Town’s latest signing after making the move following his surprise release by Hemel Hempstead Town.

And Wheeler is keen to work with a smaller squad next term.

Wheeler said: “We won’t be signing many more players.

“We decided from the outset that we only wanted to bring in three players and, having signed Jordan and Josh, we’re only looking to get two more.

“We want to have quite a small squad and it would be ideal to have 18 players.

“I think we already have 16 players, so we are near to where we want to be.”

While Urquhart and Parkes have agreed moves to Billericay, numerous players have departed the AGP Arena since a disappointing climax to the National League South season.

A 2-0 defeat to Bath City on the final day of the campaign resulted in Town missing out on a play-off place - and possibly a second consecutive promotion - by just one point.

Following the encounter, Wheeler admitted he was keen to undergo a summer clear out and conceded that ‘I put five names out of 24 that I want to keep’.

Since the campaign came to a close, nine players have departed the club.

Joe Kizzi, Cole Kpekawa, Jake Howells, Adam Coombes, Connor Smith, Lloyd Doyley, Connor Hunte, Sam Kelly and Mark Smith will not be among Wheeler’s options in the upcoming season, which is scheduled to kick-off in August.

Despite the high turnover of players, Wheeler believes he already has a strong squad at his disposal.

And Wheeler, who returned to the AGP Arena for a second spell in charge as he succeeded Dean Brennan in the hotseat shortly after the turn of the year, has already pinpointed where he feels Billericay can improve.

As a result, Wheeler is particularly eager to strengthen his options in two positions.

Wheeler added: “I’m looking to bring in a new central defender and another body who will challenge for a place in the starting line-up.

“We need someone who is versatile and we will most likely sign someone who can play on the wing or as a striker.”