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Pearce and Charman depart as Rocks rebuilding rolls on

Bognor boss Jack Pearce vows that signings are not too far away as the club waved goodbye to two stalwarts this week.


The rebuilding work for the Rocks rolls on at great pace as the club prepare for life back at step three of the non-league pyramid.


With one month to go until the start of the Bostik Premier season, Bognor have the core of a squad signed on for the coming campaign.


The hunt for further additions continues as Jack Pearce and first team coach Robbie Blake continue to scour the region for additions to the first team squad.


Central to their ambitions is a couple of forwards who can provide competition to Jimmy Muitt and ensure there is no repeat of the Rocks’ struggle in front of goal last season.


But two players who will not be in the white and green at Nyewood Lane next year are popular striker Ollie Pearce and experienced defender Gary Charman.


Pearce said: “Our challenge, of course, is to sign players who want to play for Bognor Regis Town, and there is a confident mood in our camp that we can do that.


“Negotiations with incoming players are ongoing, but can be very delicate. It’s a process that sometimes takes longer than we’d like, but that is the nature of negotiating.”


The Rocks are now back in pre-season training and have a couple of sessions of high-intensity fitness work before playing their first pre-season friendly on July 17 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion under 23s.


Fans, though, will not be able to see either Ollie Pearce or Gary Charman in those fixtures after they signed terms elsewhere.


Both have left to join Bostik Premier League rivals with Pearce joining former Rocks James Crane, Darren Budd and Alex Parsons at Worthing’s Woodside Road.


Charman, pictured left, who is affectionately known as Zorro after playing some games in a mask after fracturing part of his face, meanwhile, will be at Burgess Hill Town.


Rocks chief Pearce praised both for their commitment to the club over the years.


He was particularly full of praise for his namesake Ollie, who became a firm favourite after coming through the youth ranks.


Jack said: “Ollie wanted to leave last season and take on what he described as a new challenge. But I convinced him to stay and he did so. This time around he has made his mind up to leave after seven years with us, and we can only respect his wishes.


“Ollie made his debut for us at 17, and played something like 270 appearances, scoring more than 80 goals. We wish Ollie all the best as he pursues his new challenge.”


The Rocks will receive some compensation for Pearce’s departure as he is aged under 24. This will be reinvested in the club.

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