Among the plethora of new and exciting signings over the past few days, the club is also delighted to have secured the signatures of three players who have amassed over 350 appearances between them in the amber and Lincoln green.

The evergreen pairing of Joe Shelley and Steve Metcalf have committed themselves to another campaign with the Hornets while striker Kieran Lavery is back at the club after spending the second part of last season’s curtailed programme on loan to Horley Town.

None of them should need any introduction but, for our newer fans, a brief bio is probably in order:

Joe Shelley
‘Biff’ played under Dom di Paola at Clymping, Worthing United, East Preston and Hastings United and followed his former manager to Horsham in 2015 to help in our efforts to make an immediate return to Isthmian League football, following our relegation the previous season. He captained the side to the Southern Combination League title in his first season and was voted Supporters’ Player of the Year, thanks to his 20 goals in 51 appearances. He joined Pagham in September 2016 and went on to play for Horsham YMCA before returning to the Hornets a year later, since when he has gone on to be a model of consistency in the centre of the defence. Total appearances (to August 2020) 170 Goals 33

Steve Metcalf
‘Mr Dependable’ picked up the Manager’s Player of the Season award this year and its easy to see why. With 151 appearances for the Hornets under his belt, Horsham’s promotion to the Premier Division in 2019 was ‘Mets’ fourth with as many clubs in a career that has taken him from Saltdean to Worthing via Lewes, Newhaven and Peacehaven & Telscombe. He is also a Sussex Senior Cup winner, having been a part of the Peacehaven side that defeated Bognor in the 2013 final. He has been with the Hornets since October 2016.

Kieran Lavery joins Steve Metcalf in celebrating a rare goal by the experienced defender

Kieran Lavery
A prolific goalscorer while at first club South Park, for whom he scored over 200 goals in a nine year career, ‘Lavs’ joined Dorking Wanderers in 2018 but struggled to secure a regular place so joined Horsham for the first of two loan spells during that 2018/19 season. He made the switch permanent last summer, teaming up again with former Sparks strike partner Chris Smith. However, a combination of injuries and lack of form saw him loaned out to Horley Town for the latter part of last season’s curtailed campaign, during which he scored four goals in nine appearances.

Welcome back, lads. We look forward to seeing you back in action again next season.



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