Versatile Johnson just happy to be on the pitch for Borough

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

Eastbourne Borough’s longest serving player Simon Johnson says he doesn’t mind where he plays, just so long as he’s playing (writes Derren Howard).

So far during pre-season, Johnson has featured at left wing back, right wing back, holding midfield and behind the striker.

Last season, Johnson enjoyed his most successful season to date at Borough playing in a more advanced role.

The former England Schools International admits that’s his favoured position but said he is happy to play where the manager decides.

“It’s all up to the gaffer to be honest,” Johnson added. “I had a good season last year but the team has changed slightly and I will play wherever I’m told to.

“I do prefer playing just behind the striker. I like to be involved, link the play and weigh in with a few goals. But sometimes we set up differently against different teams and it’s a case of adapting to that.”

Johnson was a key part of the team that narrowly missed out on a play-off spot last season. Borough were in contention until the last couple of months and suffered a loss of form at just the wrong time.

Johnson said, “Hopefully this time if we get in that position again we can learn from our mistakes and finish the season better.

“We let it slip a bit at the end and didn’t finish the season well. But we also did a lot of good things last year so hopefully we can build on that.”

Johnson has seen a few of his colleagues depart for pastures new.

The likes of Frankie Raymond, Chris Shephard and Charlie Gorman, Ollie Rowe and Sam Cole have all gone but Johnson believes they have been replaced with quality players.

“There have been a few changes but you always get that. There is a good atmosphere here again. The lads are ready and can’t wait to get going. I got my holiday in nice and early after last season and now I just can’t wait to start properly on Saturday.”