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Lloyd Dawes agrees terms for the 2020/21 season.

As exclusively revealed in the Hastings Observer, we are pleased to announce our first new recruit to the ‘U’s with Lloyd Dawes agreeing terms for the 2020/21 season.

Lloyd Dawes moves to Hastings United from Worthing Football Club, who before lockdown were riding high at the top of the Isthmian Premier Division. Dawes, a regular in that side was in his second spell at Worthing sandwiching two seasons at Eastbourne Borough moving to the National League South club in 2017.

With an abundance of skill, pace and eye for a goal Lloyd joins the ‘U’s bolstering our attacking options as we look to complete some unfinished business in the Isthmian South East Division.

Lloyd Dawes said on his announcement, “I am buzzing to sign for Hastings United and looking for a new challenge at a really exciting club. Having played against the ‘U’s last season I know how good this team is and I cannot wait for the season to get started and play for all the supporters at The Pilot Field.”

Chris Agutter, Manager said, “This will be the third time I’ve tried to sign Dawesy so I guess third time lucky is a thing! There is no doubt that having both Gary Elphick and Ben Pope with us has helped bring Lloyd to the club, so this deal is as much down to them as it is to the coaching staff. The best way to describe this signing would be to say, we already had the cake, the icing and Dawesy is the cherry on top. We have signed a match winner who will get people off their seats. A big, big signing for us.”

Billy Wood, CEO added, “We have one goal for the 2020/21 season, we aren’t precious with it or afraid to lay out our expectations across the club. We have unfinished business after last seasons early finish curtailing what should have been a championship winning season, that motivation has lead to the club having a very structured, precise and ultimately successful retention and recruitment process. We aren’t interested in the merry go round of players and Lloyd Dawes coming into this club has to be of the very highest quality to be an addition to a squad full of winners, a squad that show to the supporters that they will leave it all on the pitch for the badge. Lloyd is an exciting player who I have had the pleasure of watching on a few occasions and when this was presented it was a no brainer. I believe this is not only a statement but a clear indicator of the growing reputation of the club and our fantastic management team that a player who would’ve won the league above last season has decided to join the challenge here at The Pilot Field. We hope you all welcome him to the club, bang that drum just a little louder and we march on to success in the 2020/21 season.”