MIDFIELD maestro Steve Devlin will continue to pull the strings for Hamworthy United next campaign.

Devlin is just one of the six title-winners confirmed as returning for the Hammers’ maiden season in the Southern League.

The 36-year-old first joined the Hammers after departing Poole Town due to an ACL injury, returning to action during the curtailed 2020-21 campaign.

Devlin had made 310 appearances for the Dolphins after joining from Dorset neighbours Dorchester Town for a “respectable four-figure fee” in 2011.

Whilst with Poole he helped the Dolphins to the Southern League Division One South & West and Southern Premier League titles.

A brief sojourn saw Devlin briefly return to the BlackGold Stadium, but the reunion was cut short, with the midfielder making a u-turn back to Hamworthy a month later.

Also returning are defenders Connor Cocklin, Harvey Wright, Tony Rolls, Billy Walker, as well as young striker Bailey Rowe.

Rowe, a British Virgin Islands international, scored a hat-trick in the FA Vase to send Hammers into the quarter-finals.

24-year-old Cocklin has experience of the Southern League thanks to spells with Wimborne, Winchester City, and Gosport Borough.

The centre-half, who came through the academy set up at Cherries, missed the closing stages of the season due to injury.

Fellow defender Rolls also boasts Southern League experience, playing for Bashley, Dorchester Town and AFC Totton.

Wright came through the youth ranks at Poole Town, making one league appearance in the National South.

Since, Wright has played for Christchurch, before arriving at the County Ground ahead of last season.

Walker played alongside Wright at Christchurch, captaining the side during their run to the third qualifying round in the 2020-21 FA Cup, departing Hurn Bridge to return to Hamworthy.

In his first stint at the club, Walker had been named as the supporters’ player of the year.