LEWES boss Steve King has added to his defensive options with the signing of former Rook Max Hustwick.
The 28-year-old has rejoined Lewes from Kingstonian, where he made 268 appearances over two spells with the club, including a Ryman Premier Play Off Final.
Hustwick was a key member of King’s Lewes squads in 2005 and 2006, both of which were barred from the Blue Square South Play Off Finals due to ground irregularities.
King speaking on the Lewes FC website, said: “He’s an outstanding defender and he knows this league, having played 40 or 50 games a season with Kingstonian in the last two years.
“More importantly for me with the small squad I’m going to have, I need versatile players and Max can play at both right back or centre half.”
And speaking to Sport Express about Hustwick, he said: “He is just a very, very good player. He’s good on the ball, he can come out (of defence) with the ball, he’s got a good bit of pace, and he’s 6ft 1in so he’s a decent height. He’s just good on the ball and adaptable, which is what we need for next season.”
King last week delighted Rooks fans by bringing back former favourites – and 2008 title winners – Steve Robinson, Gary Holloway and Paul Booth to the Dripping Pan. All three joined having left Farnborough, as did versatile defender Nic Ciarduini, who followed King from Cherrywood Lane to the Pan.
Although no other signings – other than Hustwick – were announced by the time we went to press, King said for fans to look out for even more new signing over the weekend.
“I want to sign people who want to win,” said King.
“People who will wear their heart on their sleeve and give everything out on the pitch for the cause.”
And the Lewes boss revealed that he had asked Lewis Ide to come back for pre-season training “to have a look at him” as the young versatile former Albion midfielder continues his recovery from serious injury.
Lewes FC have also acquired the services of Steve Duly as the club’s new Business Development Director.
Duly is a well known figure in Sussex football, having spent six years as Managing Director of Crawley Town Football Club, overseeing the club when The Reds won promotion to the Football Conference in 2004.
Since then he has added to his experience in the non-League arena with spells as General & Commercial Manager of Basingstoke Town, and Chief Executive of Farnborough.
Community Board member Charlie Dobres said: “We are building the foundations of sustainability for this club. That means, within budgetary considerations, we want the best talent in every position.
“I believe that Steve’s appointment sends a clear message to the business community that they will get the highest level of service when they deal with Lewes Football Club.”
Duly said: “I am really pleased to be joining the team here at Lewes FC. The feeling I have got since first meeting the Board (when) they explained the community vision has been really positive.
“I am relishing working with them in getting out into the Town and surrounding areas and getting our message across.
“I am sure there are going to be some exciting times ahead for the club and our business supporters.”
Steve can be contacted on email@example.com
And in good news for Rooks fans, season tickets for the upcoming season have been held at £150 for third successive year. For the third year in succession, Lewes FC is holding the price of season tickets at £150 for adults, £75 for concessions – but for a limited period only.
The prices for 2011-2012 are good for season tickets purchased by July 16. After that date, the price rises to £180 and £90 respectively. Season ticket sales co-ordinator David Arnold said: ‘This is a great price for nine months of football, offering some of the best value season tickets in the Ryman Premier league. Gate prices have been held at last season’s levels too, meaning that the adult price remains at £10 with concessions (senior citizens and students) £5. It’s worth pointing out that Blue Square South adult gate prices for next season have been set at a minimum of £12.’
Mr Arnold added: ‘With Steve King once again in charge of the Rooks we are all eagerly anticipating an exciting season ahead and season tickets are already selling briskly.”
Application forms can be downloaded from the Lewes FC website (www.lewesfc.com). Copies can also be picked up in Hartleys off-licence on Lewes High Street. Anyone having difficulty obtaining a form can also call David Arnold on 01273 478513 and he will be happy to post a copy.