STRIKER Nathan Crabb swapped Priory Lane for the Saffrons this week in a hectic period of transfer activity for the town’s two leading clubs.
Nathan joins his brother Sam at Eastbourne Town after four years on the fringes at Eastbourne Borough, and the pacey frontman can’t wait to get stuck into life in the Ryman League Division One.
He said, “I’m happy with the move because on reflection I needed to get away from Eastbourne Borough. I’d hardly played for two years so when I got the offer from Town I was always keen.
“I’d read they’d got new sponsors for this year, and Dave Jenkins and Danny Bloor really sold the club to me and made it sound like somewhere that’s going places.
“The first two years at Borough were the best of my life but I now need to get back to playing regularly, scoring goals and being happy with my football.”
Old boss Garry Wilson admits he had his reservations about letting Crabb leave.
He said, “We thought about a dual registration for him but in the end it was decided this was the best option.
“It was tough for him last season in a tough league. He was out of the side a lot and at times when he did play he would admit that he didn’t have the best of games. We wish Nathan all the best and I’m sure he will do very well at Eastbourne Town.”
It is a sentiment echoed by Crabb’s new manager Danny Bloor, who believes he has pulled off a real coup with his latest signing.
He said, “Nathan will be a great signing for us. We want to get the best out of him and get the smile back on his face.
“It wasn’t easy for him last season, he had a couple of injuries and he was not playing as often as he would have liked.
“Hopefully we can get him back playing regular football and back to his best. If we can do that, he will be an asset.”
Crabb’s departure from Borough has been softened by the arrival of five players at Priory Lane.
Former Bognor Regis striker Ben Watson heads the list of new recruits, and arrives at Borough having been released by League One Exeter City.
The 25-year-old from Shoreham made his name in 2005-06 with Bognor, scoring 23 goals in the Conference South, and he will be hoping to be just as prolific at that level for the coming year.
He is joined by fellow centre-forward Carl Rook, who joins from Blue Square Bet South rivals Dartford having previously turned out for Sussex clubs Hastings United and Horsham.
Goalkeeper Clark Masters, left-back Sonny Cobbs and midfielder Gary Charman complete the list of new faces at Borough, who will be playing alongside Rikki Banks, Gary Elphick and Matt Crabb this season after all three signed new contracts.
Ethan Strevett, Ross Treleaven, Simon Johnson and Eddie Hutchinson have also committed for the 2011-12 season.
Left back Mickey Demetriou has joined Kidderminster Harriers while striker Richard Pacquette is expected to depart. Fellow striker Jamie Taylor continues to weigh up his options after receiving offers from Blue Square Premier clubs.
Eastbourne Town have also been strengthening their squad for the coming year having brought in experienced defender Nick Fogeden, midfielder Matt Geard and striker Richard Greenfield.