MANAGER Paul Collicutt insists Evesham United’s engine room is in rude health despite the exit of popular midfielder Lorcan Sheehan.

Sheehan made three starts and seven substitute appearances this season before announcing his departure following Saturday’s defeat to Taunton Town.

Evesham retained Sheehan’s services when Cinderford Town came calling earlier this season but an approach from league rivals North Leigh coupled with a lack of minutes appears to have tipped the balance.

“I can understand Lorcan wants to play football,” said Collicutt. “One thing I have done since taking over here is create competition and you have to fight for your place.

“Lorcan is a good player and that’s why I signed him but I have Archie Haskayne, Mat Liddiard, Nick Hancock, Carl Brown and Ashley Williams all fighting for places in midfield with Joe Turley close to full fitness.

“The competition is ripe and that’s good, I need that. I know there are Evesham United supporters who think a lot of Lorcan but it is difficult.

“Archie is playing out of his skin, Nick is just breaking through with one of the best attitudes I have come across. Everyone knows how good Joe is and Mat has weighed in with seven goals from midfield.

“Unfortunately Lorcan has decided to move on and I wish him all the best. He’s a cracking lad who I cannot say a bad word about.”

Collicutt confirmed he remains in the market for fresh faces but wants quality rather than quantity.

“As a manager, you’re always looking to improve and if someone is out there to make us better then I have to look at it,” he added.

“It is hard to bring in players better than what we have. I don’t want to go and sign a player for the sake of it.”