OMAR Bugiel is targeting a strong season with Worthing Football Club to help justify his decision to stay in the country.
The 20-year-old attacking player, from Germany, scored five goals for Rebels last season and signed a one-year contract last week in a bid to try to move up the football pyramid in the future.
Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood played a big part in Bugiel’s decision to stay and Bugiel said: “My mum told me to go back home to Germany and get a proper job because she didn’t think that I was going to get lucky in football.
“But Adam told me to stay here, give it another go and I’m keen to do it, go for it and you never know.
“Adam told me it’s worth staying because it only takes one season to get attention from clubs and I’m looking forward to it.”
Bugiel is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ex-Rebel, Mickey Demetriou, up the football ladder.
Demetriou played for Bognor Regis and Eastbourne Borough after leaving Rebels, before a move to Kidderminster and this summer into the Football League with Shrewsbury Town.
Bugiel said: “I’ve heard about Mickey Demetriou as he used to go to Chi College. One of his teachers was Darin Killpartrick and he was one of my teachers, too, for the last three years.
“Mickey went to Kidderminster and is now at Shrewsbury, so I’ve got to work hard and, hopefully, the same thing will happen to me.”
Bugiel has become a fans’ favourite since joining Worthing in January and he said: “I always try to do my best to make the fans happy. This season, we’re definitely going to work hard to try to make the play-offs and, hopefully, get promoted.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the new team and I’m quite excited about it and how we’re going to get on next year.”
Bugiel follows striker Trevor McCreadie in signing a one-year deal at Worthing and he said: “Trevor’s a good signing and he scored a hat-trick against us last year. I don’t think he would have scored a hat-trick if Mark Knee hadn’t been sent off, but that’s football.
“He looked good. Whenever he was on the ball, he looked like he was going to score, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He’s done it before so, hopefully, he’s going to score some goals for us.”