Rowland to strengthen ahead of fixture pile-up

Eastbourne United pile pressure on Arundel at the Oval
Eastbourne United pile pressure on Arundel at the Oval

Eastbourne United boss Simon Rowland is hoping to confirm a number of new signings ahead of yet another cup-tie on Saturday.

They face Rustington this weekend in the RUR Cup, and with the games coming thick and fast, the manager admitted that his squad is not yet big enough to compete on all fronts of league and cup.

It is not the first time that concern has been expressed as to the size of the squad, and while the back-room staff have been busy working on deals to bring players in, others seem to be heading for the exit door as quick as new faces arrive.

Both Wes Tate and Adam Kneller left for Peacehaven & Telescombe last week.

Despite that Rowland is confident of bringing in reinforcements to help deal with the fixture pile-up and they’ve already been boosted by the arrival of goal-scoring midfielder Matt Mclean.

“He’s a fantastic player”, Rowland said, “He’ll score 20 plus goals for us this season but we’re still very far away from where we want to be in terms of our squad.

“I’m desperate to get two or three more in so we can manage the cups a bit better.”

Assistant manager Scott Price is working away in the transfer market and the manager was keen to express his admiration for Price’s work.

“Pricey especially has been fantastic with getting players in and he’s probably been my best signing this summer. We didn’t know each other very well but along with (coach) Andy Laskey we’ve gelled really well.”

Price has managed to bring in Andy Corrigan and Sean Ray both of whom are expected to play 90-minutes on Saturday as United look to rotate an over-worked squad. And any other new faces should go into the game full of confidence.

United were convincing winners in the league fixture 7-1 and speaking ahead of the game Rowland said, “We’ll be going into win. When we’re on form and we play how we can, very few teams can cope with us.”