Trio arrive as Wilson’s men prepare for relegation battle

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Eastbourne Borough have drafted in much-need re-enforcements to their squad with a triple New Year’s Day swoop.

Experienced midfielder Eddie Hutchinson, who made his debut against Cambridge United, has signed on a permanent deal, after being released by Crawley earlier in the season, while strikers James Norwood (pictured left) and Dan Walker, who both played in the 3-1 New Year’s Day defeat at Crawley, have joined on-loan from Exeter City and Luton Town respectively.

The club has also extended the loan of Bournemouth full-back Mitchell Nelson until the end of the season.

Hutchinson, 28, started his career at Sutton United before leaving to join Brentford as an 18-year-old. He made 116 appearances for the Bees in a six-year spell before signing for Oxford United in 2006. He joined Crawley in May 2009 but was released in November after failing to secure a first-team spot.

Borough head coach Nick Greenwood said, “He is a player that can play in a variety of positions and will add strength and experience to the squad.”

Local lad Norwood, who joins on a month’s loan from League One side Exeter, made his name at Borough’s local rivals Eastbourne Town.

His goalscoring prowess for Town and St. Bede’s School, and his performances for England Schools, attracted the attentions of the Grecians, who signed him in July 2009.

He made his professional bow as a substitute at Elland Road but has made just three appearances for the Exeter first team, spending time on loan at Sutton United and Forest Green Rovers.

He played for Rovers against Borough in September, scoring before being sent-off.