The 20-year-old left Leeds last June having spent 12 years at the Yorkshire club, signing his first professional contract in June 2019.

Following his departure from Elland Road he last played in the National League North for Gatehead but only made six appearances prior to the season’s curtailment.

Male signing his first professional contact at Leeds United. Photo:

Male also representing his country at youth level, appearing for England at under-15’s, under-16’s and under-16’s during his development and has experience of non-league following a loan spell at Northern Premier League Division One East side Tadcaster Albion while at Leeds.

A recent move to the south east left Male in search of a new club and he arrives at Woodside Road to solve a problem position for manager Adam Hinshelwood.

Male in action during a loan spell at Tadcaster Albion

The Worthing boss has had to rely on the loan signings of Carl Rushworth and Rocco Rees from former club Brighton & Hove Albion to fill the goalkeeping position during the last two incomplete seasons. He becomes the club’s first permanent ‘keeper since fan-favourite Lucus Covolan completed a move to Torquay.

He made his debut for the club during the recent post-season friendly at East Preston, impressing Hinshelwood prompting the Rebels’ manager to get the deal done early.

He describes himself as a “technically very good ‘keeper, with strong distributions skills, good hands and a good spring”.

Welcome to Woodside, Harrison!