Money talks

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is having serious talks with chairman Len Smith this week as he prepares to start shaping his squad ahead of the new season.

A handful of players have left Priory Lane since the close of the 2011/2012 season but, as of yet, fresh faces are yet to make an appearance.

However, Widdrington (right) is keen to get back to business after returning from a short end-of-season break and insists, after catching up on club news with Smith, that they will continue to endeavour to bring some new blood to the club.

“There’s been plenty and plenty of talking, that’s for sure.

“I’ll have a meeting with the chairman to catch up and discuss where we’re going from here in terms of players coming or going.

“Obviously I can’t give any names yet but hopefully we are close to securing a couple of the players we want.

“I have already spoke to lots and lots of people and hopefully things will start happening soon.”

The Sports have already missed out on one of their summer targets as they tried in vain to bring young goalkeeper Mitch Walker back to the Lane, only to be out-bid by Dover Athletic. The former Brighton and Hove Albion shot-stopper joined Borough for a three month loan spell at the tail end of last season but opted for a move to fellow Blue Square Bet South club Dover instead.

Tommy Widdrington has also made no secret of his desire to sign loanee Stuart Anderson on a permanent basis from Salisbury after he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season too.

Seven players have already been victims of Widdrington’s squad restructuring as veterans Matt Crabb and Matt Smart were followed out the door by Steve Brinkhurst, Rikki Banks, Gary Charman, Billy Medlock and Ross Treleaven.

Widdrington said, “There have been a number of players who haven’t been offered new contracts with us and they are now free to speak to other clubs.

“Like everyone else at the club, I wish them all the best with where they go from here and thank each of them for their services. In terms of the rest of the players, I’ve spoke with them all and it seems like they do all want to stay.”

As of yet, Darren Baker remains the only out-of-contract player to sign on for another year at the club, for what will be his 20th season with the Sports.