Striker Ibe arrives as three exit the Lane

editorial image

Eastbourne Borough have secured the signing of striker Kezie Ibe on an initial one-month loan from Sutton United.

The powerful forward made his debut during Eastbourne’s defeat to Dover Athletic at the weekend, and is expected to face Kings Lynn Town in the FA Trophy next Saturday.

Manager Tommy Widdrington said, “Ibe is a strong powerful striker who has consistently played for sides competing at the right end of the table with experience of this level and above.

“Recent results have not dissuaded me from adding players I feel improve the overall strength of the squad as well as adding further competition for places.”

29-year-old Ibe has enjoyed an illustrious career, and has recently been signed with Farnborough and Chelmsford City having started at Arsenal in his youth career.

Borough were dealt a blow as Peterborough recalled goalkeeper Joe Day from his loan-spell at the club. The deal was meant to last until the New Year, but the Posh took the decision to bring the 22-year-old back to the club early.

“We thank Joe for his efforts in assisting us over the three games he played.

Although shorter than anticipated the period has been beneficial for all concerned,” said Widdrington.

Day had only conceded two goals in his spell at the club, helping Borough secure two wins and a draw from his three matches.

Midfielder Chris Morgan and defender Jack McFarlane have also left the club by mutual consent after failing to break into the first team.

“Both lads have not been able to force their way into the first team plans and feel that this is best for all parties. I feel both have the ability and should not give up, as under different circumstances things may have worked out differently,” said Widdrington.

See Friday’s Herald for FA Trophy preview.