Two weeks after the much talked about resignation of goalkeeping coach Wayne Shaw, Sutton United boss Paul Doswell has appointed a replacement.
Carshalton-born former AFC Wimbledon shot-stopper Seb Brown arrives at Gander Green Lane following spells with a host of non-league clubs including Hampton and Richmond Borough, Bromley and Woking.
He made his name playing for Wimbledon, where he saved twice in the penalty shoot-out victory over Luton Town at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2011, which earned the Dons their place in the Football League.
The former Cheam High School pupil has been working as a goalkeeping coach for Hampton and Wimbledon’s academies.
Ironically, the arrival of current United number one Ross Worner at Wimbledon in 2013 signalled the end of Brown’s five-year stint at the club he supported as a boy. Now the two will be working together once again.
United are awaiting the result of a scan on Worner’s injury, sustained in their recent victory at Torquay and it's possible the highly-rated goalkeeper will not play again this season.
Doswell also revealed he has allowed strikers Matt Tubbs and Dan Fitchett to find other clubs.
Both players made an impact in this season’s FA Cup run with Tubbs scoring on his debut in the 2-1 victory at home to Cheltenham Town in the second round and Fitchett finding the target with the last kick of the game in United’s stunning 3-1 win at Wimbledon in the third round.
Sutton have made several new additions to their squad in recent weeks and Doswell is looking forward to seeing them make progress at Gander Green Lane.
“We’ve seen this season with Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby), Dan Wishart (Forest Green) and Ross Stearn (Eastleigh) moving to full-time football, and Roarie Deacon’s huge improvement from playing regularly and enjoying his work that we have a real opportunity as a club to progress in a unique manner.
“Adam Coombes, Jeffrey Monakana, Jack Jebb and Kieron Cadogan are all in this category and I’m so enthused they have chosen Sutton United.”
The U’s, who will be without Roarie Deacon, Simon Downer and Craig Eastmond this weekend, have two National League games coming up at Gander Green Lane.
On Saturday they face York City (kick-off 3pm) who are in serious danger of suffering a second successive relegation.
The Minstermen are five points adrift from safety with games running out.
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s visitors Forest Green Rovers (kick-off 7.45pm) are leading the chasing pack behind table-toppers Lincoln City.
Sutton beat Rovers back in October in the fourth qualifying of the FA Cup thanks to a last-minute winner from Roarie Deacon, a goal which kick-started United’s headline-grabbing run to the fifth round.
There is a Q&A session with Doswell and chairman Bruce Elliott on Monday night at 7.30pm. For more details visit suttonunited.net.