It’s all change at the Lane

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Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson warned Jamie Taylor that he will not wait forever as the striker continues to ponder his future.

Taylor is still mulling over offers from Blue Square Premier clubs and is said to be keen to play full-time football rather than drop into the South.

Wilson confirmed Taylor has already turned down an offer from a conference club but said he has another deal on the table which Taylor is considering.

Wilson is keen to keep hold of the crowd favourite but insists his deadline to make up his mind is fast approaching.

The Boro’ boss said, “ Jamie wants to play full-time football and you cannot blame him for that. We have been talking with Jamie and he knows our situation. He has an offer on the table from another club but as yet nothing has been decided.

“We will not wait forever and we need to get our squad in shape before we start pre-season. We could sign another player and then there would be no room in the budget for Jamie. We are hoping it will be resolved soon.”

Meanwhile fellow striker Nathan Crabb has joined Eastbourne Town while Richard Pacquette is also due depart Priory Lane. Left back Micky Demetriou has joined Kidderminster Harriers.

Wilson added, “Wilson said, “This is a good move for both clubs. Nathan needs to get back to playing regular football and get his confidence back again.

“It was tough for him last season in a tough league. He was out of the side a lot and at times when he did play he would admit he didn’t have the best of games.

“We thought about a dual registration for him but in the end it was decided this was the best option. We wish Nathan all the best and I’m sure he will do very well at Eastbourne Town.”

It hasn’t been all one way traffic as Wilson agreed terms with three more of last season’s squad and made four new signings as their roster for 2011-12 begins to take shape.

Goalkeeper Rikki Banks, defender Gary Elphick and long-serving winger Matt Crabb have all put pen to paper on new deals and are joined by five new faces.

Heading the list is former Bognor striker Ben Watson, who joins after being released by League One Exeter City.

The 25-year-old Shoreham-born marksman made his name at Bognor, scoring 23 goals in the Conference South in 2005-06. His goalscoring efforts for the Rocks earned him a move into the Conference National in 2007 with first Grays and then Exeter. He signed a full-time contract with the Grecians following their promotion to the Football League and spent loan spells at Forest Green Rovers and Bath.

Competing with Banks for the number one jersey will be 24-year-old Clark Masters, who played 25 times in the Blue Square Bet Premier last season for Barrow. Masters spent a trial period with Borough during the 2010-11 pre-season but ended up spending the majority of that season at Barrow.

Left-back Sonny Cobbs has made the short switch from Lewes. The 22-year-old former Brighton trainee, who can also play in midfield, has also played for Welling United and Sutton United and ended last season on-loan at Burgess Hill Town.

Striker Carl Rook, 28, joins from Blue Square Bet South rivals Dartford. His previous clubs include Kent sides Sittingbourne, Deal Town, Whitstable Town, Folkestone Invicta and Dover Athletic, but he also played in Sussex for Hastings United and Horsham.

Another former Horsham player joining Borough is Gary Charman. The versatile midfielder progressed from the Hornets’ youth team to become a regular fixture in the first XI for more than a decade, passing 500 appearances last season. A two-footed winger who attained legendary status with the Hornets, Charman had a brief spell at Walton & Hersham in 2005-06 before returning to his hometown club.