Then there were five! Pope signs up for new Hastings United campaign

Goal ace Ben Pope has agreed terms with Hastings United for the 2021-22 season.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 3:27 pm
There are more Hastings United goals to come from Ben Pope next season / Picture: Scott White

Pope, who scored more than 30 goals over the past two seasons, will be staying on at The Pilot Field for 21-22.

It comes after Ollie Black, Gary Elphick, Tom Chalmers and Jack Dixon also agreed to stay and be part of Chris Agutter's squad as they make yet another bid for promotion to the Isthmian premier.

Read more about the progress of the squad building plans in this week's Hastings Observer.

Pope said: “When the gaffer come back to me asking me to re-sign it was an easy decision. The improvement and confidence Chris and his staff have given me as a player couldn’t be better, the whole group we have had over the last couple of years is the best I’ve been with and I couldn’t say no to being part of it.

"I can’t wait to get going again on the mission we’ve set out to do for the last two seasons.”

Agutter added: “Popey has spearheaded our attack for the last two seasons, he leads from the front giving the team a brilliant focal point whilst being a natural goalscorer. When you couple his ability with his infectious personality and grit it makes him such an important member of the team. In my opinion we have the best centre forward at this level and we are proud to have him.”

United CEO Billy Wood said: “It’s great that we have retained another important member of a squad full to the brim with winning mentality. A proper old school centre forward who does a lot of the hard work leading that line. I won’t be shocked if he gets another 25 goals next season in our team as we look to secure a promotion we've worked tirelessly on.”