Manager Tommy Widdrington, looking to build on encouraging current progress, has agreed deals with two current squad members, which will keep them with Eastbourne Borough until the end of season 2017/18.
Gavin McCallum, now among the Sports’ longest-serving players, opened the current season in terrific form, revelling in the new licence which the 3G gives to ball-players.
A nastily broken elbow against Weston-super-Mare in November curtailed his season, although he is now close to fitness again. A new contract agreed today with the manager will see his talents on display again next season.
“Gavin is, of course, a highly skilled and highly experienced player, and frankly his unfortunate injury was a real blow to us as well as to the player. He was enjoying some great form and I know that he is itching to replicate that, as he is restored to fitness,” commented Widdrington. “Gavin is also a fans` favourite and a crowd-pleaser in the best sense, and I am sure the supporters will be delighted to learn that we have struck a deal.”
The Priory Lane faithful will be equally pleased with the other signing.
Academy product Josh Street, still just 19, has already shown an eye for goal, and the sort of blistering which upsets any defence.
He is also proof that, if the player is able and committed, there is a definite pathway to the first-team.
“This has been a learning year for Josh,” said the manager. “He has understandably spent a fair time patiently on the bench, as well as learning his trade week by week on the training ground. Josh is eager, dedicated and an example to all young players. He has much to offer and he will only get better. I am delighted to offer him terms.
“Both lads showed no hesitation once offered the chance to extend their contracts, and I’m sure they will both play a part in moving us further forward on the pitch.”
It may be the Third of March and not the Glorious Twelfth of August, but Widdrington is clearly declaring open season on the project of building a squad to carry the club forward in the coming twelve months. “We are not far away from being a very good team indeed. I’ll be having a lot of discussions in the weeks ahead – so watch this space!”