Pacquette aiming to lead promotion bid

Richard Pacquette
Richard Pacquette
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Eastbourne Borough’s new signing Richard Pacquette is hoping for one more promotion push before the end of his career and believes he can achieve it next season.

The well-travelled 31-year-old striker, who has been at more than 20 clubs including a previous spell with Borough, played in front of nearly 90,000 fans in a league one play-off final back in 2001 whilst playing for Queens Park Rangers.

Although his side were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff that day, he ranks being named in the starting lineup as one of the greatest achievements of his career and, while age might not be on his side, he is itching to emulate that feeling again with Borough.

“I told my family before I finish in football I want more promotions,” Pacquette said.

“I’ve been involved in play-offs where we’ve lost and I’ve been promoted automatically (at QPR) as runners up.

“I didn’t come here just to finish off my career, I’m still hungry and I want another promotion.

“I said that to the gaffer (Tommy Widdrington) and I want to contribute to helping the club move forward.”

When Pacquette was at the club previously, Borough were plying their trade in the Conference Premier.

A three year absence is too long acording to the returning Pacquette and he believes that the squad which is being assembeld by Widdrington has every chance of making an immediate challenge.

Numerous players have been moved on but he is excited by some of the young players at the club and believes the addition of Gavin Mcallum is proof that the club is moving in the right direction.

He also pointed to skipper Iain Simpemba as a key figure, having faced the towering centre-back when playing for Maidenhead United last season and revealed it was an easy decision to rejoin the club once he’d got the call from the manager.

“I played against them last season and they were an exciting side,” he added.

“They play good football here and pass the ball well.

“Obviously I’ve played here before, it’s a great place to play football and the fans are great down here.

“Although we had a tough time last time I was here we scored a lot of goals and were involved in some great games.

“Now there is a good mix of some exciting young players and some expereinced ones as well.”

Pacquette managed 15 goals for a Maidenhead side that struggled against relegation last season and he fully expects to be fighting at the right end of the table next season.

A lack of goals last season was perhaps the main contirbuting factor to Borough’s failure to make the play-offs.

While they only narrowly missed out , a lot of their goals came from midfield and they relied heavily on bringing in goal-scorers on short-term loan deals.

Widdrington is clearly keen to get business done early this time and Pacquette is intent on hititng the ground running.

He has set hoimself a target of hititng double figures as soon as possible.