It was probably not the most talked about transfer for AFC Totton over the summer, but Callum Chugg has been busy building an army of Southern League admirers since his summer move to the Stags.
Chugg signed for Fawley in 2015/16 season having spent the pre-season with Blackfield & Langley. His previous youth team coach Darren Sayer was a member of the first team backroom at the time, and it enabled him to play games whilst also juggling his College commitments and Southampton Futsal club matches. Chugg had plenty of game time for Lee Shepherd's successful reserve side that season, whilst also breaking into the first team towards the end of the season (once he'd decided what position he wanted to play, it ranged from goalkeeper to striker).
Whilst Fawley endured a quite torrid season in 2016/17 amid uncertainties around the ground - and some players with about as much commitment to the cause as premier league waster Said Berahino - Chuggster had a superb season, improving with every game at the centre of defence. He was justifiably named young player of the year and could've quite easily taken all the awards.
Having been earmarked at a game against Team Solent during the season, Louis Langdown was quick to recruit Chugg during pre-season and he went with the Oilers blessing, having shown great commitment and having all the attributes to play at a higher level. And so he has proved to be the case in the opening games of this season, as Chugg finds himself a regular at the heart of the Stags defence. Well done Chuggster, never in doubt! Read more about it in the Daily Echo.