It’s all change in Gosport Borough’s Community Department, as on-loan skipper Sam Pearce agrees his contract settlement ending a successful five-year stay.
The former captain played his last game for the club against Chelmsford City in October, before agreeing to a loan spell with Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central side Farnborough which is due to end this week. When it does, he will not return to Gosport and will become a free agent.
Pearce announced that he had reached agreement with the club that his contract be cancelled by mutual consent.
This marked the end of a hugely successful five year spell at the Aerial Direct Stadium in which he became club captain, the club’s community officer and played under the famous Arch at Wembley in 2014. He also captained the Hampshire Senior Cup-winning team of 2015, lifting the trophy under the Fratton Park floodlights.
Always an unmistakable figure on the pitch and a commanding presence in defence and at set pieces, he formed an integral part of the squad that achieved great success over the past few seasons. Joining initially on loan from Havant & Waterlooville in November 2012, his move the became permanent the following summer.
In announcing his departure, Pearce said; “I have agreed a deal to terminate my contract with Gosport Borough on the 18th of January when my current loan deal ends with Farnborough. I would like to thank everyone at Gosport for the past few years. It has been an amazing journey with so many memories.
“Thank you to the supporters who have always been great with me, through the good and the bad. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all the players that I have shared a dressing room with! I have made friends for life.
“I wish the club all the best for the future and hope that the club can return to the good times sooner rather than later” he concluded. Gosport Borough extends its sincere gratitude to Sam for his unforgettable years of service and wishes him well for the future. Its fair to say away trips on the club coach will never be the same again!
Another aspect to his stay at Gosport Borough, was his work for the club in the community. Pearce’s departure has led to a new team being formed. Two former professionals, current club captain Joe Oastler and experienced midfielder Aaron Dawson, will take on this role, working in the community, which includes coaching in local schools.
The pair, who are both Level 2 coaches, will be supported by the club`s new Community Project Administrator Becky Stares.
Becky, daughter of club coach Tony, begins her role this week, adding to her existing work in the club’s matchday hospitality building at home games.