Vaughan commits to Eastbourne Borough for 2022-23

The scouting, the training, the programme of friendlies: and now for Eastbourne Borough manager Danny Bloor and his staff, it's decision time.
James Vaughan at Priory Lane / Picture: EBFCJames Vaughan at Priory Lane / Picture: EBFC
James Vaughan at Priory Lane / Picture: EBFC

And the latest signature will be no surprise to Sports supporters - who like and admire him just as much as his manager does. James Vaughan is back.

"James is simply a manager's dream!" said Bloor as the deal was announced. "He is always first to training, he can play in a number of positions, he approaches everything totally professionally and conducts himself immaculately. Away from the actual matches he is always glad to represent the club, and he is a real thinker about the game."

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Vaughan was raised and educated in Bexhill, before heading for the United States on a university scholarship, and the professionalism shows through.

Returning to Sussex as Covid was closing the world down, he re-established his links at Priory Lane and his consistent performances last season made him an integral part of Bloor's plans.

"We have enjoyed a very promising close season so far. The results in friendlies are very much secondary, but it's notable that we have held our own against two strong Football League sides - an exciting victory over AFC Wimbledon and a tight 0-1 defeat to Crawley Town - and that Crawley goal was the only one we've conceded in the four matches so far."

Paperwork is being processed on at least two more signings - new faces who have trained with the Sports through the close-season preparations - and news of these will be published on this website and in the Herald later in the week.

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Meanwhile, Bloor paid tribute to his coaching and support staff. "Each has a crucial role, and the work they are doing is superb," said Bloor. "My assistant manager Ben Austin, coaches Darren Teague, Nick Arnold, Teddy Bloor - all of whom have specific input.

"We have one of the top physios at this level in Chis Dumbrell. We have the brilliant sports science services of Rocky from the University of Brighton, on conditioning and fitness analysis. And we've now, of course, added Dean Lightwood, who joins us not simply as goalkeeping coach but also as a wise and hugely experienced coach and mentor.

"We are a team on and off the field, and we owe it to the players to give them the right professional environment. I am closing in on completing our playing squad - I know that supporters are always eager for names, but we have to get it absolutely right. The calibre of players who've been training with us, and who want to play for Eastbourne Borough Football Club, is superb. You could say it makes my job harder - but it's a great problem to have!!"