Ollie Pearce admitted his decision to leave Bognor for Worthing was hard – but said he was leaving on good terms.

After weeks of speculation that his Nyewood Lane career was over, Pearce confirmed on Tuesday he was making a fresh start alongside another former Rocks favourite James Crane at Woodside Road.

The pair will be part of a Worthing squad who will face the Rocks in the new Bostik premier season. His departure intensifies the Rocks’ hunt for new strike power and they will return for pre-season training next Monday still with work to do to complete a squad capable of doing well in the campaign to come.

Worthing have had to pay the Rocks a fee for 22-year-old and Bognor bosses and fans have wished him well after seven years at the Lane which brought 82 goals in close to 300 appearances, including some vital ones in the FA Trophy run of 2015-16 and the Ryman premier promotion campaign a year later.

Pearce told the Bognor Observer: “It was a hard decision, of course, especially going to Worthing, because of the rivalry. But at the end of the day it’s non-league football, we don’t have the luxury of moving house to move football clubs!”

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