Striker Ben Pope admitted it was an easy decision to sign a contract with Worthing Football Club for next season.
The 17-year-old attracted plenty of interest from professional clubs last season, with trials at Stoke, Norwich and Cambridge, and his ambition is to still make it in the pro game.
However, he is happy with the way his career is progressing under Adam Hinshelwood at Rebels and said: “Obviously, I was over the moon to be offered a contract in the first place and that Adam wanted me to be part of his squad next season.
“Hopefully I’ll get into the pro game but I was never going to leave Worthing, unless a pro club came into the equation.
“I’m happy to keep my head down and keep progressing here as I’ve learned so much.”
Pope wants to impress for Worthing in the coming season and then see what happens with professional clubs. He said: “You can’t predict the future, so I’m going to go with the moment and, hopefully, interest will come.
“A few pro clubs are interested and, hopefully, that will progress in pre-season but it’s just a case of wait and see.
“All I can do is keep my head down and impress when I play for Worthing.
“It’s going to be a pretty similar situation to last season, when I had trials with Stoke, Norwich and Cambridge.
“I’ll be speaking to Adam and he’ll let me go for trials and is fully behind me. He’s always been completely honest with me and, without a doubt, there’s no one better to work with.
“It was a no-brainer to stay as we’re a young team all looking to impress and will be going for promotion next season.”
Pope is the sixth player to sign a contract with the Ryman League South Division club for next season, joining Omar Bugiel, Will Hendon, Harvey Sparks, Lloyd Dawes and Jack Fagan.