HAILSHAM Town skipper Leon Legge has completed a move to Nationwide South side Lewes, despite interest from Eastbourne Borough.
Legge, 19, signed for the Stringers from Eastbourne United two seasons ago having started out with East Sussex League outfit Little Common.
He has now signed a deal to play for the Rooks next season in the second tier of the Nationwide Conference.
Boss Kenny McCreadie said, 'He's moved on to bigger and better things with Lewes.
'He'll be playing alongside players of a better standard and a better management set-up.
'He's still only 19 and he'll just get better as he gets older.'
McCreadie also revealed that Legge had spent a trial period with Conference National side Woking and that Borough had also been tracking him.
'Borough were interested in him but they missed the opportunity', McCreadie confirmed.
'You could say Borough's loss is Lewes's gain.'
Legge's move up the A27 will leave a big gap in a Hailsham defence that conceded 76 goals in 38 league games last season.
But McCreadie says he has already set his sights on Legge's replacement.
'I've got a couple of people in mind who we're looking at. We've also got to name a new captain and I've got ideas on that too.
'I'm looking at the positive side of this deal. Hailsham's been good to Leon Legge and Leon Legge's been very good to Hailsham.'
'Everyone at Hailsham wishes him all the best for his time at Lewes.'