AFC Portchester are confident they will secure the services of veteran midfielder Sammy Igoe ahead of tomorrow’s opening pre-season friendly against Worthing at Wicor Rec.
Igoe has also been training with Horndean.
Portchester, however, believe they can win the race for his signature.
But the former Pompey, Bournemouth, Hawks and Gosport Borough star won’t be available immediately because of holiday commitments.
Director of football Mick Jenkins regards the capture of Igoe as an important coup for the new Wessex premier season.
He said: ‘Sammy will give us loads of experience in the middle of the park.
‘He lives locally and this is too good an opportunity for us to miss.
‘Sammy keeps himself very fit and can have a big part to play helping the youngsters in our team.’
Portchester have also signed ex-Bournemouth Academy midfield player Elliott Ward.
The 20-year-old is expected to make his first start against Worthing, along with new full-back Rob Evans, from Moneyfields.
Ward impressed against the Royals last season, playing for Bournemouth Poppies, and also spent time on loan to Conference South Dorchester.
Meanwhile, striker Jamie Musselwhite has left for Wessex premier rivals Blackfield & Langley.
Jenkins is expecting Worthing to be a tough test.
‘Worthing is our first major pre-season game and we are expecting a good test from the Ryman South team,’ he said.
‘Then we move on to our game against a Portsmouth XI on Tuesday night.’
Portchester’s opening Wessex League premier division game at Follands on Friday, August 1, has been postponed due to unavailability problems.
The Royals will now open the season at newly-promoted Petersfield on the following Tuesday.
Fareham Town’s pre-season friendly plans have been disrupted. Old Woodstock Town and Laverstock & Ford have pulled out of the games scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday.
Petersfield Town visit Chichester City United.