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Rebels Sign `Rounded` Centre-Forward

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Jon Meeney, manager of Ryman League Premier Division new boys Worthing, describes signing Reis Stanislaus as a “rounded centre-forward who will bring fresh impetus in the final third”.

Worthing have officially announced the signing of striker Reis Stanislaus from former Ryman Division One South rivals Molesey.

Stanislaus scored twice against the Rebels last season, both at the Photronix Stadium and away at Molesey, netting 23 goals in all competitions.

Meeney said: “We’ve signed Reis Stanislaus, who was originally at Molesey, and I’m pleased we’ve managed to get that deal over the line.

“He’s a rounded centre-forward who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, as well hitting double figures for assists, so he will bring fresh impetus in the final third.

“He’s entering a very good stage in his career having played at our level and higher, and he is also a very good character who will aid us in the Ryman Premier Division.”

Meeney admitted that the former Hampton & Richmond Borough and Maidenhead United striker caught his and Gary Elphick’s attention while in action against Worthing last season.

“We analyse opponents before, during and after any game and make a note of the players who caused us problems, or we took a liking to,” said Meeney.

“Speaking to Gary who had to mark him, we saw a lot of positives from him and he showed a lot of appetite to sign for Worthing.”

Meeney also revealed that the club are hoping to potentially add another player to the squad for the 2016/17 season.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to potentially work an opportunity to add one more player,” said Meeney. “We can’t compete with the clubs paying high wages though and we have to make sure we have sustainability on and off the pitch in both the short term and long-term.

“There are some really good young players coming through here which gives us a really good balance and helps us to make sure it’s sustainable.”

Meeney admitted that he and Elphick are disappointed to lose last season’s top scorer Lloyd Dawes, but maintains the club will continue to push forward.

He said: “Everyone will speak about the loss of Lloyd Dawes for different reasons. We never wanted Lloyd to leave Worthing.

“But we can’t take a backwards step and have to keep moving forward to allow us to be competitive in the Ryman Premier Division.

“Adding Kane Wills and Reis, good players with good background and experience, will help us in the short-term and in the long run.”

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