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Now Dixon Moves To Lewes

The talented and highly regarded Jack Dixon, one of the stars of Hastings United's excellent FA Cup run from last season, is the latest in a line of Sussex-based players to move to Ryman League Premier Division club Lewes.

Dixon (pictured), a 22-year-old midfielder, has chosen to play for Lewes over a host of other clubs that were chasing his signature.

Having signed Ryman registration forms on Wednesday evening, the ambitious Dixon commented: "I have previous experience of both Garry (Wilson) and Danny (Bloor). I nearly signed for Garry down at Borough about four years ago and I spent a while at Eastbourne Town when Dan first arrived before settling back at Rye in the Sussex County League.

"I was ambitious then but, as I made my Rye debut at 16, I was probably still a bit raw. My time with Rye toughened me up and I feel I have progressed again, having spent the last two years with Hastings United in the Ryman Premier."

He went on: "The FA Cup run was unbelievable, I really enjoyed every second and it has given me such confidence. I now want to play at the highest levels I can. Having met up with Garry and Danny again, I was very flattered that they wanted me to be a part of their plans at Lewes FC. The club's recent history is in the Conference League and that's where we all want to go."

Dixon continued: "I've trained with the lads a few times and Garry and Dan have explained their plans but, to their credit, they have pretty much left me to see and experience things for myself before deciding where I wanted to play. In truth, it hasn't been a difficult decision. I know plenty of the people here, I feel very comfortable and I feel the club's ambition more than matches mine, on and off the field. I also recognise that Lewes has very passionate supporters too. I know how important that will be this season, as Hastings found such inspiration from their fans in that Cup run. I'm really looking forward to being involved on Wednesday against Eastbourne Town."

Lewes boss Garry Wilson said: "I think we have signed a very talented boy in Jack. He fits our profile perfectly. He's young and ambitious and he wants to improve and progress. Many clubs were interested in signing him but Danny and I are very pleased he has pledged himself here. I nearly signed him as a youngster but he really needed to be playing regularly. I have followed his career with interest, culminating with an outstanding man of the match performance against Harrogate Town in the FA Cup."

Danny Bloor was also delighted at capturing Dixon. He said: "Jack is a smashing lad. Both Garry and I have always monitored his progress as he has developed into one of the top players in Sussex. He knows this division well and will be a big asset for our football club over the next few years. You are never confident about signing someone until they sign the forms but, having told Dicko our plans, we left him to ponder things and he quickly came back to say he would love to come to the Pan. It seems we are becoming a club where good players want to play and that can only be a good thing."



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