Saunders leaves Rebels for Hawks

WINGER Callum Saunders has left Worthing Football Club after one season to join Rebels’ Ryman League Division 1 South rivals Whitehawk.

Saunders scored 14 goals last season for Worthing from right midfield and, although Rebels boss Chris White is disappointed to lose him, he admits he has plenty of other attacking options for this coming campaign.

He said: “It’s always disappointing to lose a young player, but, at the end of the day, it’s his decision and he wants to give it a go there.

“We took Callum out of the County League and gave him the opportunity at a higher level and now he’s gone after one season.

“He did very well for us up until Christmas last year but struggled after Christmas when the team was very inconsistent.

“We’ve got good attacking options this year, though. Ryan McBride, Steve Davies and Jamie Brotherton have all looked very good in training and we’ve also got Tom Lawley and Tom Manton, so we’re not light in attack.”

Defender Steve Metcalf and full-back or midfielder John Lansdale are the latest players from last season’s squad to sign on for Rebels for this season, and midfielder Luke Gedling could now be fit for the start of the league season on August 20. He is due to start running again next week.

Rebels begin their pre-season friendlies on Tuesday when they travel to County League East Preston, who are likely to include striker George Gaskin, who was with Worthing last season.

White said: “We’re looking forward to getting out on the pitch now.

“We’ve had some good training sessions, and will have three this week, but it will be good to get out there.”

Worthing begin their league campaign away to Faversham on August 20. Their first home game is three days later against Godalming.

They travel to local rivals Bognor on Boxing Day, with the return clash at Woodside Road on Easter Monday.