There may still be a few weeks left of the current league programme but Horsham manager Dom Di Paola’s plans for next season received a shot in the arm with Toby House and Lewis Hyde agreeing contracts that will keep them at the Bostik League South club until the end of 2018/19.
Hyde has enjoyed a solid campaign in the heart of the defence, as well as chipping in with a number of important goals, while 20-year-old striker House has impressed in his first season in the Bostik League and is currently the club’s leading scorer.
“Toby is someone of real promise” said Di Paola, “and is the sort of young player who we feel can have a big future at Horsham.
“To have scored 15 goals in his first season, in what has often been a changed side, is an excellent return and we want to help him to continue to develop.
“Lewis has been one of our best players for the last couple of seasons and loves playing for the club. He makes a big difference to the side at both ends of the pitch, so I’m delighted he’s agreed to sign for another season.
“I know the club is normally reluctant to put players on contract so for them to do so in the case of Toby and Lewis tells me that they can see what we’re trying to achieve here and that helps us to plan for next season. Hopefully we will be able to get a few more signed up in the next couple of weeks to give us a nucleus to build on over the summer.”
Meanwhile, the Hornets have brought in young defender Fintan Walsh on loan from Vanarama National League South side Whitehawk.
Right-back Walsh signed his first senior contract with the Hawks in June 2017 while still being a member of the club`s under-18 side.
He has also been with Bognor Regis Town and Lancing on dual registration terms and was on loan to Bostik Premier outfit Burgess Hill Town until recently.
Walsh became the first player born this Millennium to play for the first-team when he appeared as a second half substitute against East Thurrock United in August 2017.
In December 2017, he was selected to captain the English Colleges team.