Whitehawk have signed two former England Youth internationals.
Elliot Omozusi came through the ranks at Fulham and made eight first-team appearances as well as twenty-four appearances on loan with Norwich City.
Capped by England at under-16, 17, 18 and under-19 level, he was released by Fulham at the end of the 2008/9 season, he trialled with Sheffield United in September 2009 and then with Peterborough in October 2009 and then signed a short-term contract with Charlton Athletic.
Released by Charlton after making nine appearances, he joined Leyton Orient on trial playing in April 2010 and this became a permanent move, signing a one-year contract with the O`s in June 2010.
However, he was jailed for two and a half years in November 2011 after being found guilty of intimidating a young witness who helped secure convictions in a murder case.
The conviction was connected to the murder of Agnes Sina-Inakoju, 16, who was shot outside a fast food restaurant in Hackney, London, in April 2010 and died two days later. A witness, aged 18, helped police track down the teenager’s killers, with four men convicted after a trial.
The witness was placed under a witness programme. But Omozusi and two other men bumped into the witness on a chance encounter in Liverpool.
The court heard the three men, including Omozusi, chased the witness, who ran into police officers shouting “They’re going to kill me.” Omozusi and two other men in their 20s were convicted of witness intimidation. Three more men in their 20s were cleared of the charge. It was reported that Omazusi was a member of the London Fields gang.
Released from prison in January 2013, Omazusi signed a short-term deal with Orient until the end of the 2012/13 season.
Out of contract in the summer of 2015, he signed for Cambridge United in June 2015 on a two-year deal after making 149 times for Orient.
He was released by the U`s recently after totalling fourteen appearances.
Hawks` boss Andy Woodman has also brought in another player familiar to him from previous clubs in 28-year-old Hogan Ephraim.
Another ex-England under-16, 17, 18 and under-19 international, Ephraim began his career with West Ham without making the senior side.
He did make over 40 appearances out on loan though with Colchester and QPR whilst on the Hammers` books and signed for Rangers for an undisclosed fee in January 2008.
He went on to make ninety-five appearances for the R`s as well as spent time out on loan with Leeds, Charlton, Bristol City, Peterborough and Canadian side Toronto.
He was allowed to leave Loftus Road in July 2014 and, after spending a short time out of the game, joined Wycombe Wanderers in October 2014.
He went on to play fourteen times for the Chairboys but was plagued by a back injury and he left at the end of the 2014/15 season, since when he has taken more time out of the game.