Eight com­mit to Hor­nets – and more will join soon

West Sussex County Times - - Sport - Steve Bone

Dom Di Paola spoke of his de­light at keep­ing his suc­cess­ful Hor­sham FC squad to­gether af­ter eight of last sea­son’s line-up com­mit­ted to the club for 2020-21

The man­ager be­lieves sta­bil­ity is key as he looks to build on a pos­i­tive first cam­paign back in the town and in the Isth­mian premier divi­sion.

The Hor­nets fin­ished sixth in the trun­cated sea­son, sur­pris­ing many wellestab­lished step three teams, and Di Paola wants them to equal or bet­ter that when the new cam­paign be­gins.

His hopes have been boosted by the eight who have com­mit­ted to the cause.

It is ex­actly what he said at the end of last sea­son he hoped would hap­pen.

Young goal­keeper Ge­orge Bent­ley will re­turn for a sec­ond sea­son with the club, while for­wards Rob O’Toole and Chris Smith, de­fend­ers Will Miles and Har­vey Sparks, and three mid­field­ers – Lee Hard­ing, Char­lie Har­ris and skip­per Jack Brivio – have also re­joined.

They are some of the club’s most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, hav­ing racked up more than 500 ap­pear­ances for the Hor­nets be­tween them over their time with the club.

The eight also joined by for­mer Wor­thing, White­hawk and Peace­haven for­ward Cal­lum Saun­ders, whose sign­ing was re­vealed in April.

Di Paola said he hoped more of last sea­son’s squad would sign on soon and he planned a cou­ple of new faces.

He told the County Times: “It’s great to get th­ese over the line, it makes a big dif­fer­ence.

“We’ve got a good group with a lot of ap­pear­ances for the club be­tween them. For the five or six years be­fore we came in, I think the club had a bit of a con­veyor belt of play­ers but I feel it’s im­por­tant to have a nu­cleus who stick around.”

He added: “Hope­fully there will be a few more to re­join. There’s no-one from last year I’m plan­ning to phone and say ‘you’re not part of our plans’.

“We were de­lighted to get Cal­lum signed and we have one or two others we hope to get over the line.”

As re­ported, Hor­sham have parted com­pany with three of their squad. Alex Kelly and Harry Mills have moved to Wal­ton & Her­sham, while Greg Cun­dle has re­turned to Con­cord Rangers.

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