Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington believes new signing Charlie Losasso is the ideal replacement for departing playmaker Chris Shephard.
The 21 year-old was released from AFC Bournemouth last season and had a successful spell on loan with Skrill South rivals Dorchester last season.
Losasso was described as a technically gifted, skilful and attack minded player who can operate anywhere across the front three or behind the striker.
He is expected to play a key role for Borough this season and provide the ammunition for new striker Richard Pacquette and Gavin McCallum as well as established Borough striker Darren Lok.
Widdrington said, “Charlie is another player I’ve been aware of for some time and having recently been released by Championship club AFC Bournemouth I felt we could be a good match for each other.
“Chris Shephard has not returned and Charlie will have a lot of that mantle to fulfil.
“He’s a very good footballer, technically very good. With Richard (Pacquette) both are really exciting signings as is Gavin McCallum who finished the season really well with Sutton United.
“Having seen and ultimately signed Frankie Raymond and Charlie Gorman in similar situations to Charlie (Losasso) and Sam (Beale) I’m of course hopeful they can emulate their predecessors firstly by becoming consistent performers for The Sports and then who knows where that may lead.”
Borough were back in pre-season training on Monday but two players absent were midfield duo Gorman and Raymond.
Gorman joined Conference Premier Welling while Raymond joined Dagenham and Redbridge of division two for an undisclosed fee.