Rocks bid fond farewell to departing striker Pearce.
Bognor boss Jack Pearce has paid tribute to departing striker Ollie Pearce, who has quit the Rocks to join rivals Worthing.
And the Nyewood Lane chief has revealed the forward wanted to leave this time last year but was persuaded to remain at the club for what turned out to be a disappointing National League South campaign that ended in relegation.
Now attacker Pearce has switched to Woodside Road for an undisclosed fee. He joins a burgeoning squad being assembled by Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood. The two outfits will come up against each other next season in the Bostik Premier League.
And Rocks chief Pearce 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.
"Our challenge, of course, is to sign players who do 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."
Goal-getter Pearce took to Twitter to say a fond farewell to the Rocks. He wrote: "Thank you to the club and the fans for the past five years, from the FA Trophy run to promotion last year will always be highlights in my career. It’s now time for me to move on ... good luck for the season."
Updated 07:07 - 27 Jun 2018 by David Seabourne