JORDAN Copp is Taunton Town's eighth summer signing, the 26-year-old midfielder coming in from Plymouth Parkway.

Copp came through the Plymouth Parkway youth system, before going on to play for Frome Town, Truro City and Weymouth.

After three years with the Terras, he returned to Truro in 2017, then moved on to Parkway last summer.

Taunton head of football Rob Dray told the County Gazette: "Jordan covers the left side, and can play at central midfield and wing-back, too.

"He brings undoubted quality and is versatile, which helps us with our problematic left-hand side."

Copp joins Aaron Bentley, Joe Guest, Gethyn Hill, Toby Holmes, Owen Howe, Lee Lucas and Jake Wannell in moving to the Peacocks - Guest's arrival from Yate Town having been announced last weekend.

Another midfielder, the 23-year-old also has experience of playing for Chipping Sodbury Town and Paulton Rovers.

"I've watched him half a dozen times, and he's a little bit of a throwback in the job he does," Dray said of Guest.

"He does the dirty stuff, he's got a great attitude, and is very mature and disciplined.

"He does the things that allow our flair players to do their thing.

"Eric Cantona described Didier Deschamps as the 'water-carrier', and every team needs one of those.

"He received a good counter-offer from Yate, and it would have been easy for him to stay, but he's showed his ambition with the move.

"We will predominantly play with three midfielders, so we have good strength and depth in that area now.

"There's a lot of uncertainty, but we know there will be games to catch up on if we start in mid-September."

Forward Dan Sullivan has also agreed to stay on for 2020/21, while Dray believes centre-back Nick Grimes is unlikely to leave unless he is offered a professional contract by a club higher up the football pyramid.

Assessing his squad, the Peacocks boss added: "I'm relatively comfortable [with it], and really pleased with the players we've brought in.

"The tough bit will be how quickly we can settle.

"I think we've signed as well as we could have, and got good value for money as well.

"We've got a budget that allows us to bring good players in, but there are other teams who we can't compete with [financially], as we saw in losing three players to Truro."