The Hawks added 2 recognisable faces to the First Team at The Enclosed Ground on Saturday as Mike West and Lucas Rodrigues were confirmed as the latest additions to Pablo Asensio’s Squad.
West, 25, started his career with National League South rivals Ebbsfleet United, making 95 appearances for The Fleet in his first spell at the Kent based club, scoring 27 goals and it was his impressive form which made Football League side Crewe Alexandra sign him in 2012. However he found opportunities limited at Gresty Road and after a loan spell at then Conference National side Hereford United, he re-signed for Ebbsfleet in 2014. However, he sustained a serious knee injury playing against The Hawks shortly after returning which ruled him out for a year and he made his comeback from injury in a 3-0 win for Ebbsfleet, again against The Hawks. Mike again started to find opportunities restricted at Stonebridge Road and signed for The Hawks on loan in January 2016, being a part of the team which surged up the table to seal a play-off position on the final day of the season. West rejoins The Hawks for the 16/17 season after leaving Ebbsfleet in search of First Team football.
Brazilian-born Rodrigues, 18, was an integral part of the Hawks Under 18 side and the talented Forward will be a part of the First Team squad at The Enclosed Ground after impressing during a trial period. He was also a part of the Sussex Schools FA team which won the National Championship in 2016. Lucas, who is from Brighton and also attended school and college in the city, will add a local touch to the team which has a large continental influence this season.
Additional signings are expected to be announced within the coming days subject to clearance.