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Double Boost For Boro`s Battle Against The Drop

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Gosport Borough`s fight against relegation from the Evo-Stik League South Premier has received a double boost with two new signings.

Gosport have added to their forward options with veteran Rowan Vine re-joining the club.

The 35-year-old former Portsmouth man has returned to Privett Park having spent this season in the Evo-Stik League South East with Hayes & Yeading United and then Hartley Wintney.

Although he started out with Portsmouth, Vine first came to prominence with Brentford when he netted 13 goals in a year-long loan spell with the Bees in 2002/03.

Four years later, after spells with Luton Town and Birmingham City, Vine joined Queens Park Rangers on loan in October 2007, scoring 4 goals in eighteen games to earn a permanent £1m move three months later.

However, he did not manage to have the same impact as during his loan spell and managed just 5 goals in fifty-one games for the Loftus Road side.

During this time, he arrived for a second loan spell at Brentford in 2010 but failed to make a single appearance in the six weeks he spent back at Griffin Park.

Vine then went north of the border to play for St Johnstone, Hibernian and Morton before drifting into non-League football with the likes of Welling United, Havant & Waterlooville, Basingstoke Town and Gosport.

He also briefly for Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League side Southall towards the end of last season.

Vine joins fellow veteran Craig McAllister in making Boro’s front line one of the most experienced in the league.

Manager Alex Pike has also signed Bristol Rovers youngster Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis on a month`s loan.

Formerly with Farnborough’s academy, Ten-Grotenhuis moved to Hampton & Richmond Borough`s academy and made the first-team squad at the end of last season, being involved in four of the final matches of 2016/17.

Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis

He made his senior debut in the Isthmian League Charity Shield win over Kingstonian in August 2016 and then spent some of the early part of last season on loan at Evo-Stik League South Premier side Kings Langley.

He was signed by Rovers last July and has spent time out on loan with Gloucester City and Paulton Rovers.

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