Borough on the hunt for new ‘keeper after ‘division best’ Potter leaves the Lane

Danny Potter of Eastbourne Borough FC. August 24th 2012
Danny Potter of Eastbourne Borough FC. August 24th 2012
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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is currently in talks with three goalkeepers following the departure of Danny Potter this week.

In the middle of last season, it was announced by the club that Potter would remain on the roster for the 2013/14 season but developments since the end of the campaign has resulted in the 34-year-old leaving Priory Lane.

It had been hoped the club would have been in a position to agree terms for a new deal but a mutually satisfactory position could not be reached within current constraints.

Borough boss Widdrington said, “He was certinaly our first choice ‘keeper and I’m now currently having chats with three others about coming to the club as a replacement for Danny,

“He was the best ‘keeper in the league last season and it was no coincidence his return to the side (Farnborough away) was the beginning of our strong finish to the campaign.

The former Cambridge United stopper made 25 appearances for the club last season and played a key role in helping Borough to safety during the latter part of the season.

The experienced ‘keeper was brought to the club by Tommy Widdrington at the begining of last season but left for personal reasons halfway through the campaign.

He returned to the Lane in February and produced a string of consistent performances, including keeping four clean sheets in the tail end of the season, as Borough went on a decent late run that saw them avoid relegation and finish in a respectable 12th position.

The loss of Potter is a blow for the club , who struggled to find a consistent ‘keeper, with five different shot-stoppers featuring between the sticks last season.

Potter becomes the fifth face to leave Priory Lane so far this summer, following Jonte Smith, Jamie Smith, Ben Adelsbury and Anwar Uddin out the exit door.

His departure also means the tally signed on for next year stands at nine - captain Ollie Rowe, latest signing Ian Simpemba, Matt Aldred, Darren Lok, Chris Shephard, Charlie Gorman, Frankie Raymond, Gary Hart and last year’s manager’s and players’ Player of the Season Adam Watts.

All at Priory Lane would like to thank Danny Potter for his efforts on and off the field and wish him all the best for his future.