Dodd gives boost to attacking options and a headache

DM159724a.jpg Football - Horsham v Deal. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150831-210542008
DM159724a.jpg Football - Horsham v Deal. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150831-210542008

Bolstering their attack by signing new striker Terry Dodd has given Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola a selection headache.

The forward has signed permanently with the Hornets in search of regular football, ending his second stint at Bognor - having scored more than 70 goals at almost one every other game.

Since signing for the Ryman League Premier Division outfit, who he rejoined at the start of this season, the ex-Worthing forward has had a number of loan spells despite being a proven goalscorer and netted 35 times in all competitions two seasons ago.

Dodd played for Lewes, Peacehaven and Worthing last year, but Di Paola is now hoping to settle him and get him fully fit.

It gives the Horsham manager a selection problem with Scott Murfin, Darren Boswell and Kieron Pamment previously spearheading the attack with Shaun Charles and Samir Hadi as further options.

Di Paola said: “He just needs to play some football. He has had a tough year and a half, but is a brilliant lad. I think he only played 17 or 18 games all last season for four different clubs.

“He needs minutes and like all players, he wants to play. It’s an opportunity for him and when he is fully fit I think he will do well.

“It is a really good signing for us, he scores goals and it gives us another option. It gives us more that we have got and a different dimension.

“He has struggled with his fitness, but once he is fit he will be another addition to us. We didn’t need him as we have plenty of options up front already and it gives me a headache with the squad I have got, but it’s a headache that is good to have.

“He is good friends with a lot of the boys and myself and he is looking forward to being here.”

Dodd failed to find the scoresheet on his debut on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Deal Town in the FA Cup or in Monday’s replay defeat.

Horsham host Epsom & Ewell in the FA Vase on Sunday and then Pagham in the Peter Bentley Cup on Tuesday night.

On the weekend’s Vase clash, Di Paola added: “We have got to be much, much better than we were on Monday as they are a good strong side. I have watched them a couple of times and they are a big side with a bit about them.”

“But we have too if we play to our potential, but we just look like everyone else - every other team in Sussex - when we play like we did first half on Monday.”

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