White hoping to sign midfielder

Ronnie Dolan (blue shirt) in action for Hastings United away to Worthing last season. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Ronnie Dolan (blue shirt) in action for Hastings United away to Worthing last season. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Hastings United manager Terry White was hoping to secure the services of Ronnie Dolan last night (Thursday).

The midfielder had a spell with the U’s last term and has come back to the club for pre-season training.

White said: “He’s a good lad and the players like him. He said to me ‘I’ve got a point to prove to you, the committee, the chairman and the supporters’, and he’s shown a great desire to do so.”

White also planned to speak with ex-Eastbourne United AFC wide player Jason Taylor, who he says has trained hard over the past fortnight and shown a good attitude.

“The senior players have set great examples,” added White. “Richard Rose has shown why he’s been a pro. The way he pushes himself is just outstanding; he’s worked himself like a dog. All of my senior players have been like that, Ade (Olorunda), Tim (Olorunda), Razor (Sean Ray), Sam Adams, Dave Cook.

“We’ve got a good 18 really, but I’ve been reasonably busy trying to maybe get a few more in. I’ve still got some leeway within my budget. I don’t think you’re ever completely happy, but I’m happy with how it’s shaping up.”

The fixtures are due out on Monday and United will host Whitehawk in a friendly on Tuesday (7.45pm). The youth team will face Bexhill United reserves and the under-21s will take on Bexhill’s front side at ARK William Parker Academy tomorrow (Saturday, 9.45am/11.45am).