Newhaven joint-managers Sean Breach and Andy Cook have continued their squad building ahead of the 2022/23 season with the signing of four new players, plus the retaining of the majority of the squad from last season.

Firstly, we welcome 25-year-old attacker Tom Underwood (pictured, furthest left) to the club. Underwood joins us from Forest Row, where he scored 59 times in just 75 appearances, and got off the mark for the Dockers in our first friendly at Lancing on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re absolutely delighted to sign Tom,” said Breach of his new signing. “He came to my attention from a few people last year and we kept a close eye on him throughout the season.

“As soon as I spoke to him he came across such a great lad and I couldn’t wait to get him in. We are really looking forward to seeing him play with some of the lads we already have at the club.

“He’s a great age as well, and I’m sure he will be a huge asset to us this season.”

The next new face to pen to paper is 31-year-old Ryan Storrie (pictured, second from left), a versatile midfielder who includes Lewes, Hastings United and Horsham amongst his previous clubs.

On Storrie’s signing, Breach said: “‘Arnie’ is someone I’ve been in touch with pretty much every year for the past five years so I’m really pleased he’s decided to join us.

“With a very young squad it’s important to have experienced players around – ones who know how to win games and titles. You’ll have games when things aren’t going well and Arnie is the type of player to get a hold of it and see you over the line.

“He’s played in some really top sides and I’m sure he is going to be very valuable for us this season.”

Our third new signing this week is 23-year-old Harry Heath (pictured, second from right) from Shoreham. The winger also featured in Saturday’s friendly and was the only player to play for the whole 90 minutes.

“Harry is someone I’ve known about for a while,” said Breach. “But he really stood out in a game I watched last season when Seaford played Shoreham.

“He can play in a number of positions, he was very good against Lancing last week and again, as with a lot of our signings, is a great age and I’m really excited to watch him improve with us.”

Our final new signing of the week is 20-year-old defender Don Street (pictured, furthest right), who joins the Dockers from Charlwood and made his first appearance for the club in Saturday’s game at Lancing.

“Don is someone Dave has brought over after working with him the past few years,” said Breach.

“You could see the quality Don possess straight away and he has a wand of a left foot as well as a fantastic attitude. He has fitted in straight away with the group and we are really looking forward to working with him.”

These four new players join the three who were announced last week – Harry Reed, Alex Plummer and Marcin Ruda – along with a host of last year’s squad who have now signed on for the forthcoming season.

On the players that have been retained at the club, Breach said: “The squad is now pretty much complete with another couple of players being looked at or thinking about their options.

“We are really happy with how the squad has shaped up. It was important to keep the majority of the squad and we have done that. We have such a great group here – Bussy [Jake Buss], our captain, Conor Sidwell, Lee Robinson and Ian Robinson have showed tremendous loyalty and have been with us for years now, they are all fantastic players.

“Ian is still injured for the time being but he won’t be long and we are really looking forward to him joining back up with the group. He is so important to us.

“Henry Watson, Aaron Winser, Jack Meeres, Lukas Franzen-Jones, Bailie Rogers, Alfie Rogers, Rob Malila and Charlie Bennett have been with us for 3-4 years now and are all brilliant ages to now start kicking on. Alfie and Lukas had brilliant seasons in front of goal last season so it was important to keep these lads. Henry also had a great goal return from centre-half.

“We signed Demas Ramsis midway through last season and he had a few injury issues so we are looking forward to him kicking on this season. Billy Barker has also re-signed after stopping playing at Christmas last season when he had some injury issues.

“Huge news for us is the return of Robbie Keith. He has been playing here and there the past three years due to University commitments but is back full time now. In fact, I think this is his first pre-season with us!

“We knew Seb [Saunders] was leaving to live abroad, Tristan [Jarvis] has quit football and Freddie [Beale] is back up in London now, so we had to get in some new signings. Harry Reed, Alex Plummer and Marcin Ruda were the first ones to commit and we have since added Tom, Arnie, Harry and Don.

“In the four sessions we have had, plus the friendly at Lancing, they have really impressed and amazed at how well they have fitted in with the group. They are very good players but more importantly brilliant lads to have around, which is really important. 

“We have also pushed some under 23s up this year in Max Vardy, Marley Ambler, Herbie Rogers and Ryan Blunt. These boys are no strangers to the first team and are really knocking on the door which is great. Marley started and scored in the friendly against Lancing and Vards and Blunty also played and done very, very well. We were really pleased.

“We have also signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Roman Chiosa from Peacehaven. His potential is scary! He is such a confident young lad and I know goalkeeper coach Roey [Graham Roe] is a big fan of him. He played 90 minutes against Lancing and his performance was flawless and of someone 10 years his senior.

“Just as important as players we also added Dave Alts (Head Coach) and Ryan Walton (Player/Coach) to the management team. The players have really taken to the sessions put on and there is a really good feel to the place right now.

“Also coming in is Clive Blunt to the Under-18s and it has been great to work with him. We have introduced three or four of the lads to first team sessions and they have really held their own.”

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