Danny Simmonds has finally agreed to return to Eastbourne Town as assistant manager to Danny Bloor.
Simmonds admitted it was not an easy decision to make but is excited about the challenge ahead.
“It was a tough one to be honest, that’s why the announcement is quite late.
“I was mulling over whether I still wanted to play but in the end this is the right decision.
“I spoke to Danny (Bloor) and he explained a few things about what he wants from me and I’m quite excited about it.
“I have been in non-league football for a long time and hopefully my experience can help the side.”
Simmonds was a key part of the Town side that won the County League title under previous manager Ady Colwell.
He took a player-coaching role soon after Danny Bloor’s arrival but admitted combining the two roles was tough.
He joined Rye United as a player last season and was part of the side’s impressive FA Vase run.
Simmonds’ arrival completes Bloor’s managerial line-up. Head coach is Simon Gough and Scott Harrisson will be the coach this season.
“Bloor added, “We are all delighted that Danny has agreed to join us. Negotiations took a while but I wanted him on board and I’m pleased he decided to join us.”
No-nonsense defender Greg Manton is the club captain and Steve Elliot vice-captain.
Peter Haydock and Paul Lewis will take charge of the reserves and the Ryman Youth side.
RIGHT: assistant boss Danny Simmonds.