The appointment is seen as a significant step forward in delivering on the Club’s public goal of building a future around the very best young talent in the region.

Aarran will take direct responsibility for 3 main areas:

1. The quality and consistency of the coaching and management of our U14s, U15s, U16s, U18s. This will include direct management of our U18 squad, a critical link between the U16s and the 1st Team.

2. Supporting the Academy with trials, player selection, coaching and matchday support

3. The operation, growth and quality of the Development Centre which are the Friday night open coaching sessions for all age groups from 8 to 13.

The future of Worthing FC depends on our ability to source, coach and develop the outstanding talent that we know exists in our region. To do that we need a clear pathway to the 1st team, we need outstanding coaches and managers, and we need to provide an overall football experience for players that would stand comparison with National and Football League Clubs.

Whilst we are all clearly gutted for Aarran that his knee injury will prevent him from playing for some time, it gives us the opportunity to bring forward the appointment of this role and secure an outstanding footballing personality who is deeply integrated into the fabric and future of Worthing FC.

Commenting on his role, Aarran said “There’s a real buzz about Worthing FC at the minute, and a lot of this is because of the young talent we have in the club now and that we know we can grow. I believe my experience of going through the youth journey to the pro ranks can really bring something extra and push us on, and I’m very excited about taking the lead in this new role”

Unfortunately, the appointment does mean the departure of current U18s Manager Matt Langley who has done a superb job in bringing new talent to the Club this season, for which we would like to express our thanks and gratitude. We wish Matt every success at his next club.