Six more sign on at Oval

New United boss Simon Rowland
New United boss Simon Rowland

Eastbourne United’s player tally continues to rise as new boss Simon Rowland adds six more names to the roster this week.

Of those six, four are unfamiliar faces to the Oval, while Grant Harrison and Jack Divall become the first and second members of last season’s squad to re-sign for the upcoming campaign.

Harrison was the first player to extend his stay at the Oval after joining the club at the start of 2013, going on to make 11 first-team appearances.

Divall, who joined the club in October of last year, signed on the dotted line shortly after.

During his spell at the club, he netted an impressive 14 goals in 27 appearances - a goal tally that will be gratefull appreciated by the club this season after losing top goal-scorer Liam Baitup to Eastbourne Town.

Former Sidley trio Chris Agutter, Ricky Martin and Kevin Rose have also signed up to Rowland’s cause.

Agutter, who can play as either a midfielder or full-back, has spent the last three seasons with the club, who have withdrawn from the Sussex County League Division One due to behind-the-scenes problems.

He now returns to the Oval for a second spell after spending time at both Bexhill United and Eastbourne Borough.

Martin, who used to play for Rye United and Hastings United, adds experience and energy to the United side, while Rose, primarily a central defender, is known to be used as an emergency striker when needed.

Taking the confirmed players tally up to 11 is central defender and midfielder Adam Kneller, who joins from Ryamn South new boys Peacehaven & Telscombe, where he spent the past three seasons. He has also featured for local sides Seaford Town and Hailsham Town.