They say a good team is built from the back and that seems to be Tommy Widdrington’s method of choice after securing the services of three defenders and a goalkeeper this week.
Widdrington has sealed the deal with new centre-back Matt Turpin and ‘keeper Nick Jordan, as well as penning new contracts for Sam Cole and Ollie Rowe after they impressed in the Borough defence last season.
Turpin was the first fresh face to be added into the Eastbourne Borough mix, joining the Sports from Ryman Division One North side Redbridge FC.
The ‘tall and physical’ defender has also featured for Billericay Town, Ware and Hertford Town before being tempted to Priory Lane.
Widdrington said, “I have been aware of Matt since his days at Watford. He will add to the physical presence at the heart of our defence.
“I’m excited about the prospect of putting him in a Borough shirt for the new season.”
Jordan was the next new arrival, joining the Sports from Weymouth FC.
The 23-year-old had spells at Dorchester Town, Crawley Town, Exeter City and Torquay United following a youth career with Portsmouth.
Jordan will be a welcome signing for in between the posts after Borough missed out on promising shot-stopper Mitch Walker.
Widdrington said, “We are delighted to sign this young goalkeeper. Nick is an excellent addition to our growing squad. He has a decent playing history for a young keeper and we look forward to working with him at Priory Lane.”
The defence will also be boosted by Sam Cole, who has signed on for a second year at the club after joining them from Sussex County League side Rye United before the 2011/12 campaign.
Widdrington said, “Sam was a player in demand and we have fought off interest from other clubs to retain his services.
“I hope this indicates my intention that I will and have been looking to recruit players I feel can take the football club forward, irrespective of whether I knew them before I arrived.
“Sam showed he could handle the vast majority of the things required after stepping up to this level. I will now be looking for him not to rest on that but to make further strides now he’s had a taste. I believe there is more to come from him.”
Skipper Ollie Rowe has also decided to stay at the club for another year after a solid season in the Borough back four.
The local defender swept up at the Borough Presentation Awards, taking home the supporters, players and manager’s awards after ably captaining the team to Blue Square South survival.
Widdrington said, “It’s pleasing that Ollie has agreed to stay at Priory Lane.
“To have him on board is a very good foundation on which to start and, of course, to continue the build we have in mind for the forthcoming season, especially when considering the regard in which he is held by all connected with the club, evidenced by his numerous awards.”
Borough fans will be relieved to finally see things start to fall in to place as, up until this week, it was only Darren Baker who had committed his next season to the Sports.
It means that Widdrington now has five players on board as he slowly but surely starts to piece together his team ready for the 2012/2013 season.