While the Premier League giants were busy spending tens of millions, Darren Freeman pulled off the transfer coup of the summer by completing a deal to bring Charlie Coppola back to the Dripping Pan.
The England Colleges international has spent the summer on trial with a number of Football League clubs, but ultimately decided that he wanted to return to the welcome surrounds of the Dripping Pan.
Charlie, who’s scored nine goals in 52 appearances for the Rooks over the past couple of seasons, was signed just in time to be available for the Rooks’ FA Cup tie at Thamesmead tomorrow.
“It goes without saying we’re delighted to have him back at Lewes,” said manager Darren Freeman, who has remained in close contact with Charlie over the summer.
“We know Charlie can play at a much higher level and he’s had interest from other clubs, but Charlie feels at home with ourselves and the fans at this club, and I’m sure everyone will welcome him back with open arms.”
Charlie goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s First Round Qualifying tie at Thamesmead, who play their home games at Princes Park in Dartford. We’re sure there will be plenty of Rooks fans there to welcome him back.