Forward Rance rejoins Worthing

Jared Rance in action for East Preston. Picture by Derek Martin DM1794297
Jared Rance in action for East Preston. Picture by Derek Martin DM1794297

East Preston Football Club forward Jared Rance has rejoined Worthing.

Rance started his career at Woodside Road - making a handful of appearances for the first-team - as well as featuring prominently for Worthing's under-21 team, prior to joining East Preston in the summer of 2016.

Newly-appointed Worthing manager Adam Hinshelwood indicated he was interested in speaking to Rance last week. Following discussions on Sunday, Rance decided to move back to his former club.

East Preston boss Bob Paine believes the forward, whose scored seven times this season, will be a huge loss and said: "Jared has been an integral part of teams I've managed over the past three seasons. As part of my under-21 team at Worthing and more recently at East Preston.

"He has been a fantastic player for us and we are disappointed that he is leaving but it is a great opportunity for him.

"I personally want to thank Jared for his contribution to East Preston in his time here and wish him the best of luck as he now continues his football career elsewhere."

Worthing manager Hinshelwood is pleased to have recaptured Rance and said: "It's good to get Jazz back as it gives us a little boost in certain areas.

"When I was here before, Jazz and Harvey (Sparks) had a good relationship down the left-hand side. Jazz played slightly higher and they linked up well.

"He can play in a striker role too, has got a bit of pace and an eye for goal while he's also a good character and a lively lad to have in the dressing room.

"We've got some really good options down the left-hand side now, with Rentsy (Sam Rents), Rian (O'Sullivan) and Ruben (Schneider) as well.

"Harvey is still getting back to full fitness but can also play in central midfield as well and dictate games from there.

"I'm looking at one or two more others from lower leagues too. But I know we need one or two more experienced heads as well and I'll be speaking to a couple."

Rance could make a first Worthing start of his second spell in Worthing's Bostik League Premier Division clash with Leatherhead, which takes place at Bognor's Nyewood Lane ground tomorrow (7.45pm).