Widdrington & Smith planning for the future

Eastbourne Borough FC v Hassocks in the Sussex Senior Cup at Priory Lane. January 15th 2013.
Eastbourne Borough FC v Hassocks in the Sussex Senior Cup at Priory Lane. January 15th 2013.

Although no new names have been added to next season’s roster since the end of the current campaign, Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is happy with the situation and so, it seems, is Chairman Len Smith.

Widdrington met with Smith last week and, after a brief chat, it seems they are on the same wavelength with regards to the plans for the new season.

Widdrington said, “I met with Len on Friday morning and had a general discussion.

“I told him the players I was trying to keep and the players I wasn’t and he was 99.9 per cent in agreement with that.

“We didn’t discuss the budget just yet. That will happen later on and, once it does, I will then re-contact the players.”

Widdrington has already recruited seven players for the 2013/14 season in captain Ollie Rowe, goalkeeper Danny Potter and his player of the season, Adam Watts.

Charlie Gorman, Frankie Raymond, Chris Shephard and Darren Lok have also pledged their immediate future to the club.

Widdrington has previously stated his plans to offer deals to a number of his current crop now that the dust is settling on the Sports’ season and, although nothing has been confirmed just yet, the Borough boss is not concerned.

He said, “Nothing concrete has been agreed just yet. I’m waiting until I meet with the board, which will probably be early next week.

“Until then, I won’t be sorting anything out officially.

“We have put a couple of offers in but the players have all shot off on holiday and the like, so I didn’t expect anything to get sorted out straight away,

“The football season isn’t even fully over yet. “

Widdrington has made no secret of his desire to secure the services of top-scorer Elliott Charles and claims he has laid all his cards on the table as far as the striker is concerned.

He said, “We have put in an offer to Elliott and he knows we want him to stay,

“If he had scored the same ratio of goals per game but over the course of an entire season, it would have had a massive effect on our campaign.

“He’s a sought-after player but we obviously hope he stays with us at the club.”

The Eastbourne Borough Supporter’s Club annual AGM meeting will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 in Happy Jack’s Bar.