Brinkhurst is back at the Dripping Pan

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LOCAL boy Steve Brinkhurst is rejoining his home town club Lewes for next season.

Rooks boss Simon Wormull has added two more names to his squad for next season, and one of these is exciting winger Brinkhurst.

Rooks fans may be familiar with Brinkhurst (right), the former Brighton and Hove Albion prospect who has rejoined the club from Eastbourne Borough.

He spent a month on loan from Priory Lane in December 2009, scoring twice in six games, including in the memorable 6-2 defeat of Dover Athletic on Boxing Day.

And local lad Brinkhurst this week revealed he turned down offers from clubs at higher levels to return to his home town club.

“I live about a minute from the ground and I’ve played there before when I was on loan. The fans have always been good to me and that was a big part in my decision.”

Although Brinkhurst, 21, may be more well known for his time at the Seagulls and The Sports, many people in the town will remember his Lewes footballing roots.

A born and bred Lewesian, Brinkhurst was a young star at Lewes Bridge View FC – indeed this sports editor remembers subbing match reports from Bridge View from a decade ago when the then 11-year-old Steve was always highly-prominent in the copy.

Brinkhurst is joined by another player from Eastbourne in signing for Lewes this week, although this player is coming from the Saffrons.

Keiron Thorp steps up a division from Ryman 1 South outfit Eastbourne Town.

The promising keeper was highly regarded at his former club and has a great opportunity to develop his career at the Dripping Pan.

Meanwhile, news of more players to have re-signed for the Rooks for next new season has come through. Defenders Lewis Hamilton and Charlie Leach, along with midfielder Arron Hopkinson, are all reported to have committed themselves to the Dripping Pan for next season, while Wormull is still in talks with Harry Harding and last season’s Player of the Year, skipper Steve Robinson.

But goalkeeper Matt Ingram who played such a major part in the Rooks’ strong finish to last season, has been recalled by parent club Wycombe Wanderers having signed a new two-year pro contract.

All of England’s group games in Euro 2012 will be shown live in The Rook Inn. The matches begin on Monday, June 11 when England take on France (kick off 5pm).

Roy Hodgson’s men then take on Sweden on Friday June 15, at 7.45pm, before England’s third group game takes place on Tuesday June 19 against Ukraine (7.45pm).

Lewes FC Supporters Club spokesman Norman Duncan said: “It’s free admission for all. Doors will open 45 minutes before kick-off each day.

“The bar will be stocked with Harvey’s and other drinks at some of the cheapest prices in town.

“Various tasty hot and cold snacks will also be available, so come on down to The Pan after work and cheer on Eng-er-land!”