Hornets hit by Archibald injury blow as two more set to sign

Evan Archibald has a suspected hernia
Evan Archibald has a suspected hernia

Horsham are set to complete the signings of Ryan Storrie and promising youngster Jake Chadwick this week – but have also suffered an injury blow.

The pair have been training with the Hornets all season and are set to join up this week to all-but complete the squad.

Midfielder Storrie was at Ringmer last season, while young attacker Chadwick was a predominant member of the under-18 team last year.

Hornets boss Dominic Di Paola has said that will almost complete his squad, although one more signing could be on the cards with striker Evan Archibald suffering with a suspected hernia.

Di Paola said: “We are pretty much there and I am just waiting on one or two now, we got a lot of the lads signed on early and they have been here for all of pre-season and have not had to worry about it.

“Evan has a hernia potentially which is a bit of a negative to take into the season. He is still waiting on news of a scan date. He has had one training session and has not been able to contribute, which is a blow as he is a massive player for us.”

On his potential new signings, Di Paola added: “The players love Jake as he has a bit about him and I think he will be a real player for us. He has been involved in all of pre-season and hopefully we can keep him occupied all season as he can still play for the under-18s, but I see him with massive potential.

“Ryan has also been with us all of pre-season and has been at Ringmer and Hastings, and is keen to play his part.”

Despite positive results against Three Bridges, Worthing and Burgess Hill in pre-season, Di Paola is not getting carried away - well aware they have played under strength and young sides.

He added: “We have competed with Ryman League sides, but as much as it was, Burgess Hill and Worthing were a mix of under-21s and squad players, while Three Bridges had at least three missing from their starting team. It is just important not to get carried away.

“I just want the season to start now. I am not a fan of pre-season as although you have competed, people think you have cracked it and there is a lot more to it than that.”

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