“Supporters asking the question, ‘who was the Hornets’ ‘triallist’ ‘keeper during pre-season” finally got their answer last night as 21 year old Bradley House made his competitive debut for the club.

The goalkeeper, who hails from Worthing, spent four years at the West Bromwich Albion Academy where he played at U21 and U23 level before being released this summer and was initially invited to train with Crawley Town before signing for Sutton United.

“We’ve brought Brad into the squad to provide competition for George Bentley as that is the only position we don’t have any cover for” admitted Dom Di Paola.

“George is still only 19 and I’m not sure it’s the right thing to keep him in the firing line without giving him a break. He is a very good keeper and was in the top three in the division up to Christmas in my opinion, but I want everyone to be mindful of having to be at their best to warrant their place in the side. It’s nothing personal but there’s no place for sentiment in football if you want to have a successful team.

“In an ideal world you’d have a squad of 15 players who love each other and are always at the top of their game but the reality is that it doesn’t work like that. Unless you are at your absolute peak, and being challenged for your place, complacency can creep in and your form can dip.

“Brad is a top quality goalkeeper who we’ve dual-signed with Sutton as he needs to be playing games. Hopefully the arrangement will be a benefit to both sides.”

Image: Brad (partially hidden) pulls off a save during last night’s victory over Kingstonian

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