The 20-year-old will join up with the League One outfit who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship last month after defeat in the play-off final at the hands of Sunderland.

After being released by Brighton & Hove Albion Pattenden joined the club’s Education Programme in 2018 and made his first team debut for the Rebels aged just sixteen when he came off the substitutes bench in an FA Trophy tie at Burgess Hill Town in October of the same year.

His development continued over the following months and he was rewarded with his first start in January 2019, with his first goal coming just a month later in the 9-1 demolition of Harlow Town at Woodside Road.

Jasper Pattenden celebrates his first goal for the club

With the next two seasons derailed by Covid, Pattenden had to wait for the last campaign to enjoy a true breakthrough season, becoming one of the first name’s on Adam Hinshelwood’s teamsheet.

A consistent performer throughout, he made 44 appearances and scored 10 times to help the Reds to promotion, eventually netting the goal that secured the three point that clinched the championship at Bowers & Pitsea back in April.

He also struck the club’s 100th league goal of the season in the final day win over Brightlingsea Regent and ended a successful campaign by picking up the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Pattenden’s final outing in a red shirt came in the Sussex Senior Cup final defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex and he ends with a total of 80 appearances and 15 goals for the club.

Director of Football Nathan Bowen has overseen his progression at the club first hand and thinks Pattenden is a role model for other young players at the club:

“Jasper has been a pleasure to coach over the last four years”. “He’s worked tremendously hard and been a consistent performer throughout; he’s a great role model for the other youngsters coming through”.

Pattenden becomes the latest player to have played for the club to progress up the football ladder, joining the likes of David Ajiboye and Ricky Aguiar in earning a move to the Football League and Bowen is proud of the club’s growing reputation for developing young talent.

“It’s brilliant to see one of our academy graduates get this opportunity”. “We are very proud to have so many young players getting the recognition they deserve and moving into the professional game”.

Pattenden’s passion, alongside his consistent, energetic performances quickly endeared him to the club’s supporters and he became a true fans’ favourite.

Worthing supporters won’t have to wait long to see Jasper return to the Crucial Environmental Stadium though with his new club due to visit for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 2nd August.

The club wish Jasper all the success for what will no doubt be a long career in professional football.