Popular midfielder Kane Wills has agreed terms for a third season at the Lane, while talented centre-back Kiran Khinda-John returns after just one season away. Other signings are expected in the coming days.
Wills joined the Sports just a fortnight into season 2017-18, snaffled from Worthing by then manager Jamie Howell. Coming through the Brighton and Hove Albion development ranks, he gathered successful experience with the likes of Ebbsfleet and Margate as well as his success with the Rocks. A natural leader, Kane has frequently taken the armband for the Sports.
“Every team needs a Kane Wills,” said Lee. “He gives every ounce, every game, and he is the engine-room of the side. He is an absolute example, and fellow players and supporters love him for it. I am delighted to have him back at the heart of the squad.”
Khinda-John is no stranger to Borough fans. After captaining the Under-18 side at Premier League Crystal Palace, he was snapped up by Tommy Widdrington and always played with a wisdom beyond his years, before being released – to the surprise of some observers – by Jamie Howell at the end of the 2017-18 season. His last appearance at the Lane, in fact, was playing against Borough in a Woking shirt last August! Always a dignified and well-liked figure both on and off the field, Kiran will also be welcomed with open arms by the Sports faithful. "Kiran fits our profile very well," said Lee. "He's already gained a lot of experience at a relatively young age. He's been well schooled and he's a centre back with a brain."
With striker Elliott Romain’s signature also secured, it represents a pleasing week for the Gaffer.
“Well, it’s certainly been a busy week!” commented Bradbury. “It is not just about these three players. I’ve been talking with other targets and, of course, with a number of other existing squad members from last season. The club will make announcements when, and only when, signings are confirmed, but it’s great to be making progress and always good to have some of the business done early.”
Updated 07:35 - 21 May 2019 by Lee Peskett