Steve Brown has added to the Rooks squad ahead of the 2015-16 season with Jordan Wilson, Steve Sutherland, Dan Hutchins, Elliot Levy and Alex Laing all joining the club.
Lewes boss Brown along with Assistant Jay Lovett have been working hard to add the right players to the squad and have taken their time to put together a mix of youth and experience which they are confident will build on some impressive pre-season performances.
Wilson was with Ryman Premier Division rivals Grays Athletic last season, scoring in their 3-2 defeat at The Dripping Pan, while he can also list Fulham, Histon, Carshalton Athletic and Tooting & Mitcham as former employees. The pacey wide man, 25, excelled in last Saturday’s friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion at right back while Wilson is also able to play further forward as a winger.
Commanding centre half Sutherland has also demonstrated to the Lewes management and supporters alike that the 33 year old former Met Police man will be a huge asset for the Rooks this season. With the Met he was a member of the 2010/11 Ryman League Division 1 South Championship winning team and captained the side that beat AFC Wimbledon in the London Senior Cup final in 2010 and has also appeared for Tooting & Mitcham and Walton Casuals.
Hutchins joins the club from Eastbourne Borough as a graduate of their Academy. The young goalkeeper kept four consecutive clean sheets this pre-season and has been in excellent form having only been beaten by two late Eastbourne Borough strikes. Eagle eyed Rooks fans may remember a 17 year old Hutchins making his Rooks debut back in December 2013 in a Ryman Cup tie against Redhill, while dual signed from Borough, although it was a night to forget as the goalkeeper was injured and had to be replaced before half time.
After taking a season out of football, pacey winger Levy has impressed over the course of pre-season and once his full sharpness returns big things are expected from the former Brighton and Hove Albion youngster. Still only 20, Levy joined Eastbourne Borough in 2013 and was a regular for the Sports as they finished tenth in the Conference South table.
And finally, Alex Laing has also agreed terms with the Rooks. The lively forward has terrorised defences over the last month and the young versatile striker or winger steps up from last season’s Development Squad. Alex was also a regular scorer for Shoreham in the County League last season and had a spell at Worthing.
We welcome all five to the club and hope they enjoy a long and successful spell in Red and Black.
In the other direction, left back Ronayne Marsh-Brown’s short spell at the club has ended. Marsh-Brown signed for the Rooks last month but has found the travel to Lewes difficult and re-joins Met Police.