Last week we confirmed that Burgess Hill Town's very own Dorian Gray, Pat Harding (well he never seems to age) was returning to the club. Since then there have been a number of other announcements about returning players, but always with the promise of more, so we've been waiting for that to end rather than listing them all. It now seems that it's never going to end, so here is who has been confirmed at the Green Elephants Stadium so far!
First up was that cheeky chappy Max Miller, who moved over from Haywards Heath Town last summer. Max got a hat trick on his debut against Hythe Town, and ended the season with nine goals from thirty matches.
Goalkeeper Josh James, a veteran (actually he isn't old enough for that description, but he seems to have been around for an awful long time) of the Hillians South Division title winning season in 2015, is next up. He rejoined the club in October after leaving Horsham. By the way, you can watch a video of the players- including Josh- picking up their medals from that season by heading here, if you're looking for a little nostalgia.
Louie Downey is a defender/midfielder who came in from South Park in January. Louie previously played for Westfield, and was a big part of their charge to the South Central playoffs in 2018-19.
Harry Pollard was Jay Lovett's first signing for the club, also following his manager from South Park. The defender joined the Sparks from Eastbourne Borough.
Jordi Ndozid arrived in January on a dual registration deal from Metropolitan Police, and went on to make the number eight shirt his own, making eleven appearances and scoring in the victory over Three Bridges.
Tom Cadman was the Supporters Player of the Season, so the supporters will be delighted that they can vote for him again in 2020-21. Defender Tom started off with Brighton and Hove Albion, and has also played briefly for Worthing, Bognor Regis Town and East Grinstead Town. He made twenty eight appearances last season.
Elliott Cross came in from Chipstead in February, so only had time to make four appearances. Another former Spark, and another midfielder.
Finally, Charlie Bennett came through the Hillians youth setup, forcing his way into first team reckoning in 2017-18. Usually a full back but rather versatile, he made twenty eight appearances last season, scoring in the victory against Whitstable Town in September and the win over Faversham Town in February. Perhaps the Hillians faithful can write a song about how they always win when Charlie scores?
Image from Chris Neal.