Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola is hoping that the Hornets have not seen the last of winger Tony Nwachukwu.
The home-grown talent exit’s was confirmed with news of him signing a one-year deal at Ryman League South Division side Worthing on Tuesday night.
Nwachukwu scored 24 goals for the Hornets last season as they were relegated into the Sussex County Football League.
Di Paola always admitted their were slim chances of keeping hold of the fans’ favourite, but holds hope that if Horsham return to the Ryman League, the 23-year-old could one day return.
He said: “We kind of knew he was going to go, although I did not know where, I had no clue.
“He’s a very, very good player and has shown real loyalty to Horsham and he would have had lots of options with five or six others after him.
“It’s a hard one. Part of me did not think he particularly wanted to leave, but circumstances dictated it. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is at this level of football.
“We cannot do much about it, he wants to play in a specific league, but hopefully we see him again someday at the club.
“It’s just football, everyone capitalises on others’ misfortunes if you like, it’s one of the only down parts of the game.
“We would do the same, we are all a bit like vultures really when someone comes up - you go all out to get them.
“It’s a shame as, although we only had him for a couple of weeks last year, he a really nice guy and really cares about the club.”
Di Paola also revealed he has now got nine players that have committed to Horsham for the 2015-16 campaign.
He wants to add eight more to form a competitive squad, but is now at the stage of seeing who else becomes available in pre-season - which starts next week.
He added: “The rest, realistically, will now be at the first training session or first couple of sessions. We are still a bit light in a couple of areas, but unfortunately, we have to play the game now a little bit and see who comes about.
“People have said they will come down, so I am hoping, but you never know with football. People say them will come down and then something happens over the summer to make them change their minds.
“As always, it is what it is at this time of year.”
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