Sam Howes says he is up for the challenge of becoming Woking’s preferred goalkeeper for the club’s return to the National League and said, “I’m more than ready”.

The 21-year-old from East Grinstead, a former West Ham United and Watford player who won the U17 European Championships with England aged 16, says he is confident in his ability to be a success with the Cards adding the club’s fan-base was one of the main attractions when he was weighing up his options.

He officially becomes a Woking player on Monday (July 1) after the expiry of his Watford contract.

“I had a few other offers but felt this was the right one for me,” said Howes, who signed a pre-contract agreement to confirm his commitment. “It will be the best place for me to learn and develop as a player and as a person.”

The talented stopper first met up with Woking boss Alan Dowson when he had two separate loan spells at Hampton & Richmond in 2017 – a link that has worked in favour of both men.

“They were invaluable learning experiences for me,” he said.

“I was also on loan at Eastbourne Borough from January this year [from Watford] and finished last season with them.

“The two clubs gave me different experiences because at Hampton I was involved in teams fighting to go up and with Eastbourne it was fighting to stay in the league.”

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