Charman: ‘Horsham were the only club for me’

Gary Charman, with Horsham manager Simon Colbran (left) and Kevin Borrett (right), on returning to the club.
Gary Charman, with Horsham manager Simon Colbran (left) and Kevin Borrett (right), on returning to the club.

Returning hero Gary Charman says Horsham was the only club he considered joining once he left Eastbourne Borough.

Charman rejected offers from five clubs – two in Conference South – to rejoin his boyhood side after a season away. “I’m obviously very pleased to be back,” he said. “I had a season at Eastbourne which I enjoyed very much although it didn’t really work out, and once they didn’t fancy us I was always going to return to Horsham.”

The former Horsham youth product will also take his first steps into management as Simon Colbran’s assistant, though Charman insists he still has plenty to offer on the pitch.

“I’m really looking forward to helping Simon out, learning from him and other managers, but first and foremost I am a player,” he said.

“I would love to play 40 or 50 games, I feel I’ve got the legs to play for another three or four seasons. I’m 31 now and some people play their best football at that age, and changing my position should help me in the long term.”

Charman has returned primarily as a centre back - the position he played at Eastbourne and in his final year at Horsham under John Maggs - and his experience will be welcome in a position where Horsham struggled badly last season.

“I’m not going to say we are going to go straight back up this year because the Ryman South is very difficult,” he said. “But over the next two or three years I’d be hopeful we could get back to the Ryman Premier, which is where I feel this club should be.”