Ryman League Division One South club Worthing have announced the return of three Woodside Road favourites ahead of the 2011/12 season.
Goalkeeper Alan Mansfield, defender Glen Woodburn and wide man Jamie Brotherton have all agreed to return to Woodside Road just twelve months after they departed for pastures new.
Mansfield and Brotherton ended the season at struggling Ryman Premier side Horsham having originally joined Whitehawk, whilst Woodburn had a spell as captain of relegated Horsham YMCA before having a break from the game.
Rebels boss Chris White was clearly delighted by the capture of the trio, saying: “These three lads know what it takes to get to the play-offs having been there twice before and will bring the vital experience to the squad which we lacked last season.
“With Tony Di-Bernardo heading to Burton Albion for a trial I needed to bring in a quality replacement and in Alan Mansfield we now have a goalkeeper who, twelve months ago, was widely regarded as the best keeper in the league. Alongside youngster James Fernandes we now have two very talented goalkeepers at the club.”
Fernandes heads to Charlton Athletic for a trial this weekend and although White has wished him well he is looking forward to seeing the former youth team captain at pre-season training on July 5th.
White says there will be a number of triallists with a host of experience at training when it resumes but he also expects the entire squad from last season to also return. He also confirmed that he is awaiting a decision from one other former Rebels `legend` about returning to the club.
White added: “There are lots of positive things going on behind the gates at Woodside Road at the moment and the club is certainly looking forward to a brighter future.”