White hoping top-scorer Dodd will sign a new deal

WORTHING Football Club boss Chris White is hoping last season’s top-scorer Terry Dodd will sign a new contract as he begins his plans to get his squad sorted for next season.

White, this week, is set to meet last season’s 22-goal top-scorer Dodd, who has been offered a new contract with the club.

Dodd was the only player under contract last season, after signing a deal in November, and White said: “Terry’s been offered a new contract as he’s a player we want to build the club around.

“Other clubs are probably looking at him and want to sign him but we want to keep him here.

“He’s important for the team and is an important player to have for next season. He’s the type of player we need here to build for the future and if we can bring in the three or four targets we’ve got as well, we’ll be in good shape for next season.”

The club are able to sign players on for next season already, rather than wait for the usual signing-on date of July 1, and White said: “I’m in preliminary discussions with three potential targets who I’m hoping to meet and there’s four players in total who I want to bring in, while keeping together the squad from last season.”

Keeper Tony Di Bernardo is due to have a trial at League Two Burton Albion in pre-season and White is hoping to hear about his future sooner rather than later and said: “I need to know where we stand. We can’t be hanging around waiting to see if he’ll get a contract or not because that might not be decided until the end of July.

“I will be pursuing other avenues in the meantime to cover ourselves.”

White is expecting Rebels’ Ryman League Division 1 South to be even tougher next season than the season just finished.

Maidstone and Croydon Athletic have both come down from the Premier Division, while Bognor, who were pipped to the title on the final day, will also look to be challenging again.

White also expects Whitehawk, Crawley Down and Hythe Town to be strong next season and said: “Maidstone, coming down, will be strong and so will Croydon Athletic.

“Bognor are still here and they’ll be looking to put right what happened at the end of last season.I saw Crawley Down at the end of last season and was impressed with them and it’s going to be a very competitive league with a lot of strong sides from Kent and Sussex.”

Rebels begin pre-season training on Tuesday, July 5, and will have their first friendly on July 16. Their confirmed friendlies are at home to Lewes (July 23), Leatherhead (July 26) and Maldon & Tiptree (August 13), while they are away to County League Peacehaven (July 30).

They are also awaiting confirmation for friendlies with Havant & Waterlooville and Eastbourne Borough and are working on a friendly with Brighton & Hove Albion.