GARY Charman says quitting Horsham was one of the hardest decisions of his life.
The forward joined neighbours Eastbourne Borough at the end of last week, bringing to an end his 14 year stay at the Hornets, where he progressed through the youth ranks.
“The main reason (I’ve left) is to play at a higher level,” said Charman, 30.
“Eastbourne have come in, they are a league above, are a very well run side and have excellent players and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse so it will be a new challenge for me.
“I’m very sad to have left Horsham, I have loved every minute of my time there but I felt it was the right time to start a new chapter in my career.”
Charman paid a special thanks to the Hornets supporters with whom he has enjoyed a special bond for more than a decade, adding that he hoped they would understand his decision to move on.
“It’s such a great family club, the supporters are fantastic and leaving them is one of the saddest parts,” he added.
Read more on Charman’s hopes for Horsham FC, including why the time is now for the younger players to step up, in this week’s West Sussex County Times, out on Thursday.