Craig another piece in the Borough jigsaw

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Eastbourne Borough resumed pre-season training this week with a goalkeeper in their ranks after Craig Ross agreed to join Priory Lane on a permanent basis.

Ross becomes the 11th player to sign on the dotted line this summer as Tommy Widdrington continues to piece together his squad in the run-up to the new season.

The former Cambridge United shot-stopper featured between the sticks four times for the Sports during the 2012/13 campaign, helping the side to three wins and one draw during November and December.

However, his loan spell was cut regretfully short after he was recalled by his parent club, who later released him in the close season.

Ross fills a void for Borough that was left by the departing Danny Potter, who failed to come to a mutually satisfactory position with the club earlier this summer.

However, Widdrington is delighted with his most latest coup and is confident Ross can easily slot back into the squad.

The Borough boss said, “Craig is obviously someone I’ve been aware of for a long time and having him here during last season confirmed what I thought about him.

“He’s somebody who’s hungry to play football and he had a couple of offers from clubs in the Conference Premier and League Two but the lure of playing football week in, week out - touch wood if he stays healthy - attracted him here.”

Ross joins a roster of ten other players, nine of which featured for the Sports last season, and having that familiarity among the players is something Widdrington believes will help the team work well together.

He added, “When you make as many changes as we had to at this time last year, it takes time for the players to gel. However, now I have players who have experience of playing at this level of football, have spent a lot of time together and know how I work.

“Manager’s look at the last ten games of a season and know that will probably be how they start the new season.

“We hope to pick up where we left off with those core 11 players who have signed on.”