Rooks boss Garry Wilson ran the rule over the new Lewes recruits signed earlier in the week.
Before the Rooks announced the arrival of Nick Wheeler from Burgess Hill Town, just after our deadline yesterday, Wilson spoke to the Sussex Express about the four players who signed on the dotted line for the Rooks on Monday night.
Lewes further strengthened their playing squad with the arrival of former Rook Sam Crabb, ex-Brighton and Hove Albion youth team skipper Tom Vickers and highly-rated wide man Ross Treleaven. Meanwhile, last season’s second highest top scorer for Lewes, Ben Godfrey, committed himself to the club for another season.
Wilson spoke highly of all the players but said they can all yet improve their games further still.
Of Godfrey, he said, “He had an impressive start at Croydon, but he maybe has never looked as fit or sharp as he could have (since). But he wants to be at Lewes Football Club, he’s desperate to play for us, and he’s shown a great attitude so far.
“He had opportunities to go elsewhere but he wants to be with us. We’ll give him every opportunity.”
Of Crabb, who now joins brothers Nathan and Matt at the Dripping Pan, Wilson said he and assistant boss Danny Bloor sent him out on loan to Rye United last season when the trio were at Eastbourne Town.
On Crabb’s return to the Saffrons, Wilson played the erstwhile wing man at right back, where he proved a revelation.
Wilson said, “He’s tall, he’s got fantastic pace, he’s good coming on to the ball, and he’s got good recovery.
“And when he gets further up the pitch he knows what to do, having played in more attacking positions in the past.
“He needs to continue that form from the end of last season – that potential he showed us.
“If he can continue what he did in the latter part of last season he’ll do really well for us.”
Treleaven is another player Wilson had at a former club, having brought him to Eastbourne Borough from Crowborough Athletic.
Wilson said, “He had many league clubs planning on taking him. He came to us last year at Eastbourne Town and some of the games he was unstoppable.”
Wilson said that Treleaven’s early promise was halted somewhat by a bad injury but added, “I’m certain he can play at Ryman Premier Division level.
“He can be a star for us.”
Wilson spoke of Vickers’ disciplinary problems while at Hastings United last season.
“He got sent off a few times but he was maybe a little bit disillusioned. He’s a very talented player. He can play in midfield and at centre half, and he’s very strong. He just maybe needs a few experienced heads around him. We can give him that.”
Speaking before Wheeler’s signing was comfirmed, Wilson said he was working on more signings.
He said, “I’m still working on one or two at the moment. We’re trying to get something tied up.”
The Rooks players had their first day of pre-season training on Saturday. Wilson revealed that some of the younger players from last season’s set-up in particular impressed him.
The Rooks’ home friendly against a Brighton & Hove Albion XI has been brought forward by 24 hours and will now take place on Tuesday July 23.
Pictured: Rooks boss Garry Wilson addresses the Lewes players ahead of their first pre-season training session on Saturday.