Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor believes the signing of Nathan Crabb from Eastbourne Borough underlines the club’s ambitions this season.
Nathan will line-up alongside his brother Sam at the Saffrons as Bloor pieces together a squad that he hopes will challenge at the top end of the Ryman League division one table.
Crabb was one of four new arrivals after Bloor used his persuasive powers to tempt midfielder Matt Geard, striker Richard Greenfield and Nick Fogeden - a player Bloor believes will add some know-how to a defence that was at times all to fragile last season.
The Town boss said, “Nathan will be a great signing for us. We want to get the best out of him and get the smile back on his face. It was not easy for him last season, he had a couple of injuries and he was not playing as often as he would have liked. Hopefully we can get him playing regular football and back to his best. If we can do that, he will be an asset.
“He is another player who has played at a higher level and will bring extra pace to the side.”
Bloor plans to use the former United and Boro’ man as an out and out striker and hopes he and his brother will form a lethal combination in the south.
He added, “They have the potential to do well and hopefully they can turn that into goals. What they will give us is plenty of mobility.”
Another key signing for Town could be experienced defender Fogeden.
Bloor said, “We were caught out at the back too often last season. Nick will add that know-how to the defence. We lost too many games last season and perhaps with someone like Nick in the side we would have gained draws or wins.
“I think the fans will be pleased with the signings. They are four quality players from the area and that’s what we want to do. As much as possible we want to bring in the best players from the area but also leave some room for our younger players to develop.”
Bloor also hopes to announce a further signing later this week.
Former Town striker James Norwood, who was linked with a switch back to the Saffrons, has joined Blue Square Premier outfit Forest Green Rovers. Norwood was released by Exeter City after loan spells at Rovers and with Eastbourne Borough.