WORTHING Football Club’s summer signing Jamie Crellin has set his sights on promotion in the upcoming season.
Midfielder Crellin, 21, who has joined Rebels from Hastings, will be the club’s new matchday captain, with Paul Kennett the club captain.
Worthing finished 10th in Ryman League Division 1 South last season and Crellin, who played one game for Rebels when he was 16, said: “I’ve always known a few people who have played for Worthing and was always interested in coming back when Lee Brace took over as manager.
“It’s a club I’ve played for before and I’m in my last year at university in Chichester, so it was a good time to come back.
“Things have been going well in pre-season and we had a good test against Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (3-1 defeat).
“Promotion is definitely the goal this year. Everyone knows where the club wants to be and I definitely think it’s achievable to be up near the top this season.”
Rebels joint manager Lee Brace said: “Jamie will be the matchday captain and Paul the club captain this season.
“Jamie has leadership quality, is determined, good in the changing room, a born leader and is definitely captain material. Paul is obviously a very experienced player and we’ve said to Jamie that he can learn an awful lot from him.
“I wasn’t sure and Paul wasn’t sure if he would still be playing this season when we sat down last year, so we brought Jamie in and, hopefully, he’ll be captain of the club for the next few seasons.
“Paul’s been brilliant in pre-season so far, though, and has said he’s really enjoying it.”
Rebels’ pre-season preparations continue when local rivals Bognor Regis visit Woodside Road tonight.
Brace said: “Jamie Howell and Darin Killpartrick always get their teams to play the right way and I expect it to be a tough game. It’s all about the preparation, though, and getting ready for the start of the season.”
Worthing then travel to Shoreham on Saturday, before they begin their league campaign at Corinthian Casuals on August 10.
Rebels’ first home league game of the season, against Peacehaven, has been moved forward to August 13, from August 14 because of the England versus Scotland game.