Rowe-Hurst to play dual role at Hornets at Hillians

Gorings Mead, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-150943001
Gorings Mead, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-150943001

Horsham and Burgess Hill will be managing young prospect Jack Rowe-Hurst between them for the remainder of the season.

The 18-year-old attacking player has dual-signed with the Ryman League Premier side Hillians after joining Horsham from Peacehaven in November.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion youngster had a number of spells with Lewes while playing for the Seagulls’ under-18s, before signing permanently at the Dripping Pan in August 2015 after he was released.

Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola has seen plenty of raw talent in the youngster, a view shared by Burgess Hill boss Ian Chapman.

The two have agreed to both use the versatile forward between them for the rest of the campaign after he dual-signed over in Mid Sussex - and featured in a 1-1 draw with Brentwood Town on Saturday.

Di Paola said: “He’ll play for both of us as he just wants to play games. He is talented but very young and looks older because of his figure.

“He only turned 18 in August but he is of a massive build, he’s bigger than me and wider than me, so he doesn’t look as young as he is and people don’t appreciate his age and expect more.

“Chappers (Ian Chapman) sees the same things we have so he will play for their under-21s and senior team and be involved with us and get game time.

“I get on with Chappers, so we will manage it between us, he’ll play for both and hope it all works out.”

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