Harding returns to the Rooks

Harry Harding has returned to Lewes.

The club announced the news on Monday evening.

They said: “Former Rook Harry Harding is set to make a sensational return to the Dripping Pan for the rest of the season.

“The midfielder made a huge impact with Lewes fans after joining in December 2011, making 31 appearances and scoring six goals before leaving at the end of the season.

“Harding’s spirit and attitude endeared him to supporters and his departure came as a blow to many.

“Recruiting someone of the calibre of Harding is a big coup for Lewes boss Simon Wormull and a boost for the side as they battle at the wrong end of the Ryman Premier.”

Harding was first brought to the club by then Rooks manager Steve King, himself in his second spell with the club.

Following an ill-fated move to Carshalton, Harding revealed on Twitter at the start of this year that he was “taking a break from football until the end of the season”, admitting that he had “made mistakes in the summer on signing for wrong reasons”, and adding football had “become a chore”.

But it was a rather more upbeat Harding who posted on Monday evening that he was: “Delighted to have agreed a deal with @Lewes_cfc...tried to not play....but the temptation was too much...BUZZING...#rooks”

“Harding goes into the squad for tomorrow’s visit of Carshalton, ironically the club he moved to after leaving Lewes,” the Lewes FC website confirmed.