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Returning Rock Crane aims to give club a lift

Rocks stalwart James Crane said it was an easy decision to make to return to Nyewood Lane from Sussex rivals Worthing.


The goal-scoring left back proved to be a fan favourite as he racked up ten seasons at Bognor.


During that time he made more than 400 appearances, including netting a long range winner against Altrincham in the FA Trophy that culminated in the club being just one game from Wembley.


But, after leaving for the Rebels last summer in search of a new challenge, Crane has now returned to the Rocks ready to help the club try and win promotion from Bostik Premier.


In an exclusive interview with the Post, the former Hearts player said he was delighted to return.


Crane said: “It’s good to be back! Undoubtedly, after ten years at Bognor, the club has got a big place in my heart.”


He added: “In most of my time at Bognor we’ve been chasing promotion so I’d like to think it will be the same next year.


“A good start is key and once you get that you can start laying the foundations and then challenging for the top as it gets round to spring.”


Crane is the Rocks first signing of the summer as manager Jack Pearce and first team coach Robbie Blake look to rebuild.


A 14th placed finish last term was a disappointment to all involved with the club – especially as with two months of the season to go, Bognor were firmly in the playoff hunt.


A win in the final of the Sussex Senior Cup against Burgess Hill Town ensured the season ended on a positive note.


But Pearce is under no illusions that the hard work in planning for next season begins now – and he believes signing Crane is the first piece of the jigsaw.


Pearce said: “Everyone knows all about James’ qualities and it was such a simple decision to make for us and for him. He has an abundance of ability, great desire and he knows where the goal is, too. The supporters love him and I think it’s fair to say he is back at his spiritual home now.


“In modern parlance, signing James was what is called, I believe, a ‘no-brainer’.


“As a club we are determined to build on last season and as much as we can, we want to get our business done early.


“We have a number of players who we are talking to and we very much hope that we can bring the fans positive recruitment news soon.”

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