The 30-year-old left Maidstone United last month following the expiration of his contract at the Gallagher Stadium.

The Spaniard was a firm favourite during his time at the Stones with most productive season coming during the National League South promotion campaign in 2021/22, where he netted 22 times in all competitions and picked up the National League South Player of the Year award.

Born in Catalonia, Luque spend two years at FC Barcelona between the ages of 11 and 13.

After spending time in the lower regions of the Spanish leagues in the early part of his career, he arrived in the UK in the summer of 2017 where he would earn a deal with Heybridge Swifts.

Luque was an instant hit at Scraley Road, scoring 30 goals and registering 18 assists to help the Swifts reach the play-offs, a record that saw him named in the Isthmian League Division One North Team of the Season.

Six of his goals came in a run that saw the club reach the FA Cup first round, eventually losing to Exeter City.

Joan is a player I have tracked for the past five or six years after seeing him playing for Heybridge Swifts
Adam Hinshelwood

That form earned him a move to Lincoln City of League Two after a successful pre-season trial.

He made his professional debut in August 2018 in the Imps 3-1 win over Notts County before netting his first goal just three days later in the EFL Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

After a short loan spell at Bromley he was released by Lincoln in January 2019 following the expiration of his six month contract.

Following spells at Concord Rangers and Dagenham & Redbridge he first arrived at the Gallagher Stadium in October 2020.

A brief spell at Weymouth followed but he returned to the Stones to help fire them to the 2021/22 National League South title but was a denied a single appearance during their one season at step one after a knee injury suffered against Dartford in April 2022 kept him out for the whole of last season.

He arrives at Woodside Road determined to put that long layoff behind him: “I’m delighted to sign for a club with ambitions that match my own”. “I’m very excited to get started and hopefully make people enjoy my football again”.

On the arrival of Luque, Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood said: “Joan is a player I have tracked for the past five or six years after seeing him playing for Heybridge Swifts”.

“He gives us a bit of know-how of the league having been a really big player for Maidstone when they went up from this league two seasons ago.”

“We are delighted to have him on board, I can’t wait to see him in a Worthing shirt”.

Stay tuned for Joan’s first interview as a Worthing player in the coming weeks, he’s currently spending he post season in his native Spain.