Widdrington clocks-up the miles in quest for new players

Experienced goalkeeper Danny Potter
Experienced goalkeeper Danny Potter

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is still scaling the country in his quest for signatures as he continues to build up his squad ahead of the new campaign.

Widdrington has recently acquired a handful of new players at Priory Lane, including a second goalkeeper in the form of Danny Potter this week, but is not stopping there as he insists more signings are on the horizon.

“I’ve agreed 11 or 12 deals but not all of them are public yet as we’re just waiting to put pen to paper.

“I’ve probably covered more miles in these last two weeks than I did in the last three weeks of the season because I’m going to meet players to get their signature.

“I’m going to a match on Saturday too to look for new recruits, so we can expect some more players to arrive yet.

“It’s coming along nicely though and I’m pleased with who we’ve got at the moment.”

The most recent new face to join the club is shot-stopper Potter, who represented fellow Blue Square South side Staines at the tail end of last season.

Potter, who had a youth career at Chelsea and went on to join Exeter City, Cambridge United and Torquay United, will come to Borough as head goalkeeping coach as well as vying for the number one shirt with Nick Jordan.

Widdrington said, “Danny will mainly be working with Nick and the first team in a coaching role.

“The importance of competition for places is huge and I think that’s been one of the reasons why this club has underachieved in recent years. In training, as well as matches, it’s important for the team to have others to work with.

“Danny can bring a lot of experience here as he’s played at good levels and with very good clubs.

“It’s a statement of our intent that we secured his services and we hope to bring in more players of that same ilk.

“I read a frightening statistic that this season sees the most 16-22 professional footballers out of work but I definitely think there’s one or two in there within our range.”

With Marvin Hamilton-Omole also agreeing to stay at the club for the 2012/2013 campaign, the squad is slowly but surely coming together ahead of the start of pre-season next month.

However, Widdrington assured fans that even once the team rejoin forces for training next week, he won’t stop hunting for new players.

“It was never my intention from day one to get my squad completed by the start of pre-season.

“I don’t want to use up my whole budget a month before the season starts, but I’m hoping to have 14 players for when we come together to start training on July 7.

“I’m really looking forward to getting everyone back together. I’ve already started my pre-season training though so they better be fitter than me otherwise there’ll be consequences!”

Eastbourne Borough Football Club will be holding its Summer Soccer School during the forthcoming summer holidays.

This will run from Tuesday, August 21 through to Thursday 23.

The three day event is open to boys and girls aged from six to 13-years-of-age, with coaching provided by the Eastbourne Borough Youth Section.

All participants will receive a medal, certificate, souvenir photographs and tickets for a future first team fixture.

The cost for the three days is £50 per child.

The club are grateful to 720720 Taxis who are, once again, sponsoring this ever popular event.