New-look Lancers are taking shape

Owen Callaghan in action for Shoreham
Owen Callaghan in action for Shoreham

LANCING Football Club manager Richard Whittington has completed the signing of seven new players as his new-look squad starts to take shape.

Among the newcomers is striker Dominic Shepherd, experienced ex-Worthing midfielder Owen Hill, former Burgess Hill youngster Connor Wilkins and Owen Callaghan, from Shoreham.

The other new faces are ex-Eastbourne Borough duo Ollie Hartley and James Shaw, who played for Shoreham last season, and former Peacehaven striker Jack Loraine. Whittington has also re-signed stalwart defender Dave Sharman, as well as securing the signature of a number of promising young players who were at the club last season, including George Fenton and Jack Phillips.

Whittington said: “The new players will give us the perfect mix of youth and experience.

“You can’t get more experienced than Dom Shepherd and Owen Hill, they have played at a high level and are quality players. When you combine that with the quality of our young players then it gives us a extra dimension.

“Connor (Wilkins), Ollie (Hartley), James (Shaw) and Jack (Loraine) and the other young players who have stayed are all highly rated and they will give us a combination of energy, enthusiasm and skill on the ball.

“What I like most about the players coming in, though, is their attitude. They all want to play for the club and want to do well. I want to have a squad that is full of winners and is hungry for success and we are slowly getting there.”

Whittington has had to re-build the squad almost from scratch since taking over this summer after most of last year’s side left the club.

He said: “Most of last season’s players have gone to try their luck elsewhere, which is to be expected, and I wish them all the best.”