DR7 joins on a permanent transfer deal
Hastings United can confirm Davide Rodari (21) has joined Sky Bet League Two club Crawley Town on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee after rejecting an offer from Scunthorpe United.
Davide, who joined the U19s Development set up in the 2016/17 season went on to break into the First Team for the 2017/18 season becoming a fan’s favourite. Following on from injury, Davide defied the odds by scoring 22 goals in 22 games in the 2019/20 season before the league was curtailed by Covid-19. Davide broke Hastings United goalscoring records by recording eight goals in one game as The ‘U’s demolished East Grinstead in the League cup.
Fighting back, Davide returned to the team in the 2020/21 season going on the score on his return to Isthmian League action, proving once again Rodari has never lost his eye for goal.
Davide Rodari: “What can I say, thank you will never be enough after having spent the last four years of my football career with this special club, so special I am proud to call my second family. Everyone involved in Hastings United from Chris, Billy, Daren, my teammates, the supporters, the list is endless, and all have played a massive part in getting me to where I am today. I am so grateful for your support over the years.
The supporters, what a bunch of great people you are! Never have you stopped singing and cheering us on and that’s what makes this club so special. You have made this Italian feel like he is from this town and it is more my home than back in Italy. I have made so many memories over the years, memories I’ll never forget. Thank you Hastings and COYU!”
Chris Agutter (Manager) : “I am so pleased for Davide, when he come to us from Eastbourne Borough it was always with a view of helping him become a professional footballer. Davide has worked so hard to achieve this dream and if anyone deserves it, he does. Whilst I am gutted our time together has come to an end, I am equally delighted that Hastings United has been able to help another local young man push on to a higher level.”
Billy Wood (CEO): “This deal for me is the biggest example of us having faith in our players and our players having faith in us. I cannot compare my emotion of seeing Davide go on with Chris, Dane Martin, Dean White or Ben White but I am so happy for Davide that his hard work and determination have paid off in him securing a contract with a league club. DR7 has been the poster child for Hastings United for a while now and whilst I am delighted to see him go it may mean I need to shoot another advert for the kits! In all seriousness I am so happy, and I am excited to watch the next steps of his career. It’s been a busy window at the club and the phone has been ringing a lot, something most wouldn’t expect with a Step 4 club, but something we should be proud of. Hastings United again has shown the progression pathway and whilst we wish Davide the best, we now look towards the summer making sure our reputation is backed up on the pitch, like it has been for the past two years”
Rodari, affectionally known as DR7 at The TGS Pilot Field moves on to join John Yem’s Crawley Town who are in the playoff hunt and play AFC Bournemouth Tuesday night in The Emirates FA Cup 5th Round.