We are delighted to announce the twin signings of Tom Day and Charlie Coppola from divisional rivals Lewes.

By his own admission Tom, 22, is most comfortable at centre-half but is capable of playing anywhere across the back four. On the books of Crystal Palace and Barnet as a youngster, he made one Football League appearance for the Bees in 2016 before being released and dropping into non-league where he played National League South football with Hemel Hempstead and Eastbourne Borough. He joined Lewes in 2018, initially on loan, and went on to become a near ever-present, playing in both matches against Horsham last season. “A classic defender who would do anything for a clean sheet” is how Tom describes himself.

A year younger than Tom, Charlie is an attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing and sees his role as a creative playmaker. He racked up more than a century of appearances for the Rooks in a five year stay, despite combining his playing time with studying for a career in medicine at Warwick University. Charlie has previously had trials at Millwall and Bristol City.

“It was a hard decision leaving Lewes” admitted Charlie “because I made my senior debut there but I think it was the right time to move on. I felt loyal to Ross (Standen) and Darren (Freeman) so I never really thought about leaving when they were there, but this move just worked perfectly. With Ross coming to Horsham, it seemed like the right move for me.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Tom. “Yes, it was a tough decision for me. I had a good relationship with Lewes but, again, I also had a good relationship with Ross and the fact he’s come over here helped persuade me a little bit. Not only that but the ambition of the club, the new ground, and playing on a good surface week in, week out, made it an offer I couldn’t really turn down.”

We welcome them both and hope they have long and successful careers with the Hornets.

Main image: Tom (left) and Charlie (right) get introduced to their new club colours

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