CHRIS BREACH is returning to Lewes Football Club after Bognor Regis FC cancelled his registration to allow the former Rooks captain to return to his old club.
The Rocks received a seven-day approach from Rooks boss Simon Wormull for the central defender and one-time Lewes FC supporters’ player of the season.
Fans and officials of the Ryman 1 South outfit were hopeful the popular stopper would stay at the club when he turned out for the Rocks in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion’s development XI in Wednesday night’s Sussex Senior Cup tie at Nyewood Lane.
But a statement released by the West Sussex outfit just before our deadline yesterday said: “The club regret to announce that Chris Breach has today confirmed his intention to re-join Lewes FC, and as a result his registration has now been cancelled at Bognor.
“Chris will be missed and everyone at the club would wish to express their appreciation for the sterling job he has done in the centre of defence in recent months.”
Our sister paper the Chichester Observer yesterday reported how the impact of any potential loss of Breach would be to the Rocks’ season, saying: “There is a big worry at the back – Conference South (sic) outfit Lewes have made a seven-day approach for Chris Breach, one of the Rocks’ most consistent performers of late.
“With Ben Andrews about a month away from full fitness after knee surgery and Tim Bond probably out for the season, Breach’s departure would leave the team short of a defensive partner for Stuart Axten.”
This isn’t the first former Rook to make a heralded return to the Dripping Pan as part of new boss Simon Wormull’s squad rebuilding exercise after taking over from Steve King.
The Mountfield Road outfit officially confirmed the return of Hastings player and former Rooks youth team propspect Jack Walder to the Pan ranks on the morning of Lewes’s 2-1 home defeat to Canvey Island last Saturday (see inside the paper for a match report on that game).
In a press release headed: “Walder Comes Home”, a club statement read: “Rooks boss Simon Wormull has secured the return to The Dripping Pan of tenacious midfielder Jack Walder.
“A product of the Rooks Youth team, 22-year-old Walder made his first team debut in 2009. Injury curtailed any involvement during the 2010/11 campaign, and he made the switch to Hastings United at the start of this season, making seven appearances for “The U’s”.”
Commenting on the signing, Wormull said “I am delighted to be able to bring Jack back home. He is a terrific player with great ability and I am really looking forward to working with him, he has something a little different to what we have at the moment and will bring a new dimension to the squad.”
Wormull has also signed Youth team defender Josh Phillips on Ryman League forms both were eligible for last Saturday’s clash with the Gulls of Canvey Island.
Lewes will travel to either East Thurrock or Maidstone for the semi final of the Alan Boon League Cup. The much delayed quarter final hopefully will be played next week and the semi final will be on February 21st or 22nd. The tie has been postponed a number of times because of East Thurrock’s continued interest in the FA Trophy which finally ended this week.
The Rooks travel to lower mid-table side Wingate & Finchley tomorrow hoping to end what has become a poor run of form in the league. Lewes have not won in the league for six game.
For live updates of that game follow Sussex Express sports editor Brian Pollard on Twitter @BrianRPollard.
At the time of going to press we were unable to contact Lewes manager Wormull on the subject of Breach’s return.