Following the news of Jack Fagan’s injury, Worthing have completed the signing of goalkeeper Kieron Thorp from Three Bridges.

Fagan will be out for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his hand during the win at Folkestone Invicta last Saturday and the Worthing management have acted fast to bring in experienced cover.

Thorp joined the Crawley based club in 2014 after previous spells with Dulwich Hamlet, Lewes, Horsham and Crawley Down Gatwick and was voted both Players’ and Supporters’ Player of the Season last term.

The 26-year-old also represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17 and under-19 level while a youngster at Crystal Palace.

Worthing joint-manager, Jon Meeney said: “I’ve always felt Kieron was one of the stand out goalkeepers in the Ryman League Division One South, whenever we’ve played against him he’s always impressed me.” “It’s a massive blow to lose Jack to injury but football is all about timing sometimes and Kieron was looking to push on and make the step up so it suits both parties.”

“He’s a natural replacement for Jack because he’s comfortable with the ball at his feet and has good distribution, which is something Jack is first class at.” “And that was the biggest thing really, getting someone in who was right for the way we play so we’re very happy to have Kieron sign”.

Meeney also confirmed Joe Taylor, who kept goal during Tuesday night’s defeat at AFC Sudbury after signing from Leatherhead will not play for the club again. “We thank Joe for helping us out on Tuesday but with Kieron becoming available, Ethan Belward being at the club and Jack too we felt it best for everyone that Joe moved on.”


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