PRIVETT PARK was certainly a busy place this week as Gosport Borough stepped up preparations for the new 2021-22 campaign both on and off the pitch. Alongside recruiting a voluntary media team and work on the pitch surface, manager Shaun Gale has made his 1st signatures for players who have either recommitted or are joining the club next year. But in a week of big announcements via the club website and social media, there was one headline that caused excitement for both fans and staff alike.
Thursday evening saw the announcement that Bradley Lethbridge had joined the club for the season, with the twenty-year old striker moving to his hometown club after leaving Isthmian League Premier outfit Bognor Regis. In his time with the Rocks, the young goal-scorer netted five times in just 10 appearances during the past coronavirus pandemic-blighted season; a fine record for a striker who had been released from League One outfit Portsmouth last July.
Living in Gosport, Lethbridge rose through the ranks at Fratton Park and made three senior appearances for the club, which were all in the EFL Trophy Cup competition that Portsmouth won in March 2019 at Wembley. The striker scored his only Blues goal for the first-team in an EFL Trophy group stage clash at Oxford United seven months later in October 2019 as Pompey attempted to retain the cup. However their recent defeat to Salford in the rearranged Covid-19 final meant that this journey didn’t go rewarded for the striker.
Despite the lack of appearances for Pompey and Bognor over recent years; Borough boss Gale is delighted to bring the striker on board, but admitted he still has a great deal of ‘learning’ to do. And he thanked Bognor boss Jack Pearce for the part he played in helping the deal to go through so early in the transfer window; talking to both Gosport FC media and Portsmouth News, Gale said:
‘He’s a Gosport lad and having met him he wants to play for us. I think it’s a real coup for us to get him, he has still got a lot to learn and is nowhere near the finished article. ‘He’s only 20-years-old, but he is a goal scorer. I’m pleased to welcome him to the club and a good addition to the squad we already have.
‘It’s a great opportunity, he’s a young man and a good goal scorer. He has got lots of attributes and can train full-time here with the youngsters. ‘We’ve taken him from Bognor Regis and I would like to thank Jack Pearce. I was made aware he was interested in going elsewhere and with Jack’s help we wouldn’t have secured the deal.’
Bradley Lethbridge becomes Gosport’s third new signing in as many days, following the arrivals of six foot midfielder Paul Agbeseyi from Bromley U23s and Bouwe Bosma from Lewes as they look to create a solid foundation for the year ahead. Both players have been training at Privett Park this spring, whilst Agbeseyi was one of the trialists who played in the 3-0 friendly victory over Baffins Milton Rovers recently and seemed to have impressed the coaching staff.
These new signings join a host of last season’s squad have committed to the club for the forthcoming campaign. Mike Carter, Rory Williams, Dan Wooden, Ryan Woodford, Brad Tarbuck, Matt Casey and Owen Roundell have all re-signed; meanwhile, Joe Lea and Pat Suraci, who head up Gosport’s centre of excellence, will also be playing for the club next term.
Borough fans are reminded to check back into the website for more player announcements via https://www.gosportboroughfc.com.
Fans are also reminded that season ticket renewals and new sales can now be sorted by visiting the club house or by phoning either 07385 269994 or 0774 009 6998 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.