Billy rejects Hastings in favour of Saffrons stay

Billy Medlock
Billy Medlock

Billy Medlock has revealed that he will be staying at Eastbourne Town until the end of the season at least.

Interest in Town’s top scorer has been rife after new manager John Lambert had revealed that Hastings United, along with two other unnamed clubs, had approached the young striker.

But Medlock, 21, today (Wednesday) put an end to any speculation.)

“Today I’ve decided to stay,” he said.

“A few clubs have come in for me in the last few weeks but from my point of view the reason they’ve approached me is because I’ve been doing well and I don’t want that to stop.”

Medlock has been on fire this season, and while the seasiders are currently struggling in the league, he has found the net eighteen times and is the Ryman League South’s third highest scorer.

He will review his situation again in the summer but revealed that he is only likely to be tempted with a move if it means moving up the football pyramid.

The local lad’s immediate concerns lie with dragging his struggling side out of relegation trouble.

“I’ve never enjoyed my football as much as I’ve enjoyed it here,” Medlock said,

“Everyone is friendly and we’ve got a tight nit-group of local players like Ross Sutton, Steve Elliot and Adam Davidson.

“I want to carry on here and help the club stay up,” adding, “I’m sure we can stay up.”

New manager John Lambert will be delighted with the news after expressing his desire to keep him earlier in the day.

Lambert’s side travel to Merstham this weekend. He revealed that he intends to install a philosophy of recruiting local talent, something that Medlock believes will aide their survival bid.

Under the previous regime, players were brought in from far and wide and , as Medlock claimed, it doesn’t always work

“We need young, local lads that are hungry. Bringing in players from miles away doesn’t really help.”