Striker Olorunda becomes latest player to join Lewes ranks

Ade Olorunda has become the latest player to join the ranks of new Lewes players at the Dripping Pan.

The powerful and strong striker joins from Maidstone United – following Joe Shelley, Dan Smith, Ben Austin, Sam Gore, and Fraser Logan as new Lewes recruits under Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor.

The latest signing follows news that Tobi Hutchinson has been appointed as the club’s new Ryman U18s manager. The respected coach will be joined in the dugout by ex-Lewes player Alan Dove.

However, Lewes has seen the departure of popular centre half Chris Breach, who has joined former Lewes manager Simon Wormull at Crawley Down Gatwick. Breach joins Bradley Lewis and goalkeeper Kieron Thorp as players to leave Lewes for the Anvils.

Lewes this morning confirmed: “Olorunda put pen to paper to join the Rooks after a successful, but injury hit, campaign with Maidstone United, that finished with Ade scoring twice in the play-off final, to ensure another promotion would be added to an already impressive CV.

“Having previously won Ryman League promotions via the play-offs with both Hastings United and Tonbridge Angels, Lewes boss, Garry Wilson is hoping the speedy Olorunda can make it a four timer with the Rooks.”

Wilson said: “I have wanted to sign Ade so many times over the last few seasons. I nearly did when I was at Eastbourne Borough but I am absolutely delighted to have him join us here, at the Pan.

“He is a player I admire, his work ethic is fabulous and he leads a line well and, importantly, he knows where the goal is. Ade is a very good signing for this football club. I think he is one that will excite and please our fans. With him there are no lost causes.

“Ade is very strong, quick for a big man and he’s very powerful. He has a great physique and will certainly beef up our front line. We never scored enough goals last year, that needs to change and Ade Olorunda fits our requirement perfectly.”

Olorunda has spent most of his senior career playing for Hastings United and Tonbridge Angels. Despite struggling with injury last season, he still managed 18 goals from just 22 starts, with another 20 appearances coming from the bench.

He said, “Lewes Football Club has a fine reputation and a big support base. I am looking forward to playing here. I’ve always liked playing here but now I will get to do it regularly! Garry Wilson is somebody I have a lot of respect for. We have nearly worked together before but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened until now.”

See more on the new additions at the Lewes FC website

Lewes have announced that Brighton & Hove Albion will be bringing a squad to play a friendly at the Dripping Pan on Wednesday, July 24.