Outgoing Kevin Keehan has revealed Shoreham was the only club he would have left Horsham for.
The midfielder helped the Hornets lift the Southern Combination League title last season, but is rejoining his former side.
The 30-year-old was joint manager of Shoreham in 2011-12 and has returned to the club as manager Bryan O’Toole’s assistant.
Keehan has won the Premier Division three times since leaving Mussels, at Peacehaven, East Preston and Horsham.
He has decided to try again next season and will not be part of Horsham’s likely step up to the Ryman League. He has admitted it is with a heavy heart and praised Hornets boss Dominic Di Paola.
Keehan said: “I played the best football of my career with Dom and he’s a very intelligent manager. I’ve learned so much off him and the season with him at East Preston was the best I have had. He just knows how to work with players and how to man-manage them.
“If this opportunity at Shoreham hadn’t come up, I’d have played for Dom for the rest of my career. I wouldn’t have left Horsham for any other club but Shoreham is my club in non-league football.
“At 30, the time was right and I always knew that I’d be back at Shoreham at some time in my career and I just can’t wait to get going now.”
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