Furious Horsham FC manager Simon Colbran has accused striker Jamie Brotherton of messing both him and Worthing FC around after apparently agreeing to join Peacehaven.
Colbran was convinced the player was committed to joining him at Gorings Mead from the Rebels, but it now seems Brotherton will turn out for Ryman South new boys The Tye next season.
Colbran said: “I’m very disappointed with Jamie, I’ve known him for a long time and I’ve kept in touch with him since my time down at Worthing.
“Before he went on holiday he swore to me 100 per cent he would be joining us. There was some issue with Worthing (with manager Lee Brace reported as saying he had not left the Rebels) but he told me that was just paper talk.
“But when he came back off holiday he wasn’t answering my calls, and it was only replying to a Facebook message that he told me he’d decided to play for Peacehaven.
“At the end of the day he’s messed Worthing and us about for the chance of making a bit more money, that’s the only reason I can think of, but what he’s done is burn his bridges.”
And he added: “I can categorically say that as long as I’m manager here he won’t ever be putting on a Horsham shirt, and in two years time when we’re playing in a brand new stadium we’ll see if he still thinks he’s made the right decision.”
The blow has been softened with no fewer than five new signings in the last week, making it eight new arrivals in total over the summer.
One of those is pacy left winger Miles Mitchell, who has joined from local rivals Crawley Down, along with Jamie Cade, Ross Morley and Byron Napper.
Three of the remaining four new additions are strikers, one a Brazilian and the other three 20 years olds with higher league experience.
For full details of all the new Horsham FC signings pick up your copy of the West Sussex County Times, out on Thursday