Borough announce contract extension for Hollands

By Connor Steel

GOSPORT BOROUGH FC have announced that Danny Hollands has formally signed his one year ‘contract extension’ that will see him remain at the AEI Stadium until at least 2025; the veteran central midfielder committing his services to the club as they celebrate their eightieth anniversary and build upon a hard-fought promotion push from last campaign.

The thirty-eight year old joined the club back in 2022 under Shaun Gale’s leadership and he offered a major role in the 2022-23 campaign; which saw the team battle against relegation from the Southern League Premier. Despite a difficult season for the side, Hollands became a fan favourite due to his mixture of experience and passing ability from midfield.

Hollands continued to be the influence during a ‘transitional season’ of 2023-24 under the new management pair of Pat Suraci and Joe Lea; who relied on his skillset amongst a younger squad. He contributed many goals and assists during a campaign that saw him earn the ‘Player’s Player of the Season Award’, alongside helping to improve the team’s form.

His commitment to Borough continues a long career going back to 2003 with spells at Chelsea, Charlton and Crewe to his name alongside AFC Bournemouth, where he spent five years as the “Cherries” rose up through the leagues under Eddie Howe. He further played in seventy-six matches for Portsmouth in two years and soon spent a spell at Eastleigh.

The update was shared in a statement on Wednesday evening (July 3) and was immediately met positively by Gosport supporters; who were anxious for his signature after an exit for centre midfield options such as Harvey Rew. He will be joined by midfelders such as Bradley Tarbuck, Sam Hookey and Asher Yearwood; who have signed deals for 2024-25.

Borough supporters are urged to regularly check the club website link for all developments in the next couple of weeks including league fixture announcements and player signings. The team are further due to begin their pre-seaon games on Saturday as they travel to Petersfield in a match that starts at 1pm, allowing fans to enjoy the England QF tie (5pm).

PICTURED BY TOM PHILLIPS: Hollands talks with his manager on touchline during one-nil win over Harrow in March.