Trio of brand-new signings bolster Horsham squad

JPCT 190115 S15030874x  Football. Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Herne Bay-photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-111533001
JPCT 190115 S15030874x Football. Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Herne Bay-photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-111533001

A trio of new signings has bolstered the Horsham squad joining the majority from last season that have agreed to remain at the club.

Four more players have put pen to paper this week with midfielder Ollie Rowland joining from Burgess Hill, striker Charlie Pitcher making the switch from Loxwood and George Branford returning from Hillians.

Loxwood's Charlie Pitcher in action against Hassocks. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160428-163816002

Loxwood's Charlie Pitcher in action against Hassocks. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160428-163816002

Tom Atkinson has also re-signed from last season taking the squad up to a total of 15 players, 12 of whom are staying on to make the step up.

Former Whitehawk, Eastbourne Borough, Lewes, Worthing and Bognor Regis man Rowland, 33, has also played in Australia and New Zealand and boasts Conference and Conference South experience.

Pitcher, 19, netted 25 times last year for local rivals Loxwood last year and has been a stalwalt at county level despite being a teenager, while Branford returns after play a short part in the relegated Hornets team in 2015.

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola said: “I have known Ollie for over ten years and have always admired him as a player.

“He has so much experience at all levels of the non-league game that he will only help us. He has a wand of a left foot and can play a number of positions which I always like. I felt we were a bit light at times in midfield last season and Ollie gives us quality in there.

“George is still young and seems to have completely fallen out of love with the game. There is a really gifted player in there somewhere and if we can get him inspired again he has all the tools to be a fantastic footballer.

“He is super fit and has good technical ability and range of passing. I hope we can get his head right and look forward to seeing him reach his potential.”

On Pitcher, Di Paola added: “He is fast, aggressive and very direct and I have always liked the look of him when we have played against sides he has played in.

“He knows he has a lot to learn but he is young and will only get better. He has had a couple of looks at this level and I think we can help him get his performances up to the required standard.”

More player news in tomorrow’s West Sussex County Times.

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