HORNETS’ manager Simon Colbran has signed prolific striker Billy Medlock from Conference South club Eastbourne Borough.
Young full-back James Brockhurst has also been recruited from Ryman Prem Carshalton.
In an eventful week, Horsham have also been drawn against ground-share hosts Horsham YMCA in the FA Cup and are away to Ryman League Division 1 South rivals Sittingbourne in the FA Trophy.
Colbran reports that pre-season training is progressing well with two weeks completed and a total of 13 players already signed on.
He is delighted to have secured the signature of the highly-rated Medlock, 21, released by Borough. He said: “Billy is a goalscoring striker who, when he was younger was one of the best prospects and I’m surprised he was released by Eastbourne. He is always in the right place at the right time and with Gary Charman also coming back from Eastbourne, we have strengthened the team with players from two divisions above.”
Colbran describes Brockhurst, 19, as a “Young talent” who should be an ideal defensive recruit. The Hornets boss is also relishing the potential FA Cup clash against YM, who must first beat tough Combined Counties club Raynes Park Vale in the Extra Preliminary Round. The manager had a premonition this could happen: “I had thought we would draw them and it came true - it will be good for the town and for the fans. It will be an exciting game and we’ll be fielding our full side because we’ll be keen to win in this superb competition.”
YM assistant manager Dave Smith added: “It will be a good crowd-pleaser and we’ll be trying 110 percent to win in this local derby - there’s the history behind the two clubs, there’ll be a big crowd and it’s the FA Cup - it will be great.” Smith acknowledged first beating Raynes Park on August 11 would be tough, adding: “All holidays will be cancelled as we really want to be playing against Horsham, even though we will have to use the visitors’ changing room and away dug-out at our own ground.”
Horsham’s opening pre-season fixtures are on Saturday, July 21 when more than 32 players will be used at two away games at Whitehawk and Steyning.