Smith excited by A new-look boro’

Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith has pledged his support to manager Tommy Widdrington ahead of the new season this weekend.

After an eventful year of change, Smith is excited about the prospect of the coming campaign and has high hopes for Widdrington and his new-look squad.

“It’s been a nice break but now we’re all really looking forward to a new season with a new manager and lots of new players.

“We will have a fresh style of play this year with different tactics and hopefully that will lead to a successful season.

“It’s looking quite good so far and we have really high hopes of what the season will bring.”

It’s been no secret that Widdrington’s budget was slashed for the summer and, with 13 new faces coming through the door over the past few months, Smith reveals there’s will be no more spending for the Sports boss.

“Tommy has stuck within his budget this summer but there’s no more money left for any further spending.

“Of course, if a new player becomes available now, he will still take a look at them but for every new player that may come to the club now, one will have to leave.

“While the budget was cut this summer, it was still substantial and he’s used the money well to bring in 13 players.”

The most recent of those 13 signings are Charles Ademeno and Josh Scowen.

Ademeno featured in seven matches at the tail end of last season, scoring one goal, and attracted interest from a number of higher-level clubs before eventually deciding to put pen to paper for the Sports.

The arrival of Scowen, a central midfielder on loan from Wycombe Wanderers, resulted in the departure of fellow midfielder Ethan Strevett from the club as Widdrington looks to keep his squad number at 21.

The arrival of former Crawley Town and Grimsby striker Ademeno and promising youngster Scowen highlight exactly the type of set-up Widdrington has created among his squad - one mixed with experience and youth - which Smith believes is key in their quest for success.

“I’m really pleased with the players Tommy has managed to bring to the club.

“He has a really nice mix of experience and youth and hopefully the experienced players can teach the young ones a few things and the young ones will have the legs to make that balance work.

“We have a good number of players here now. We have strength in depth and Tommy has made sure we have cover in every position.

“He has worked tirelessly hard over the summer and we hope his hard work, and that of everyone else at the club, will pay off with an enjoyable and successful season”

LEFT: Charles Ademeno signed on for Eastbourne Borough earlier this week