ASHLEY Jarvis has left Sydenhams Premier/FA Vase double winners Sholing to return to his old club Folland Sports.
The former Gosport Borough and AFC Totton striker banged in 34 goals for the Boatmen last season as they secured promotion back to the Southern League.
But Jarvis – an unused substitute in the Vase final at Wembley – has opted to remain in Wessex football and reunite with his good friend Danny Bowers, who has just led Follands to a best ever third-placed finish in the Wessex Premier.
“Because we’ve had Ashley here before people will just say ‘oh, Jarvo’s back at Follands. But it’s a massive signing for us,” said Bowers.
“We’ve just signed a lad who’s won the league and the Vase and scored 34 goals for a very good Sholing side.
“Ryan Long got 30-odd goals for us last season and, with Stuart Gates coming in as well, it gives us optimism that we can really achieve something.
“I’m chuffed to have Ash back. He’s not 6ft 6in, but he holds the ball up and brings others into play really well. It’s scary to think what he and Ryan Long can achieve together – plus we’ve got Ben Kneller training hard.”
Former Winchester frontman Kneller joined Follands from Hamble Club towards the end of last season and was worth his weight in gold as an emergency goalkeeper.
Primarily Bowers wants to use his outfield qualities this season but, with first-choice keeper Ryan Gosney suspended for the start of 2014/15, Kneller’s versatility could again come in handy.
“Ben gives us options in the goalkeeping department, but he wants to play up front. If he can get himself back to how he was at Winchester, he’s going to be one hell of a player again,” said Bowers.
Right-back Ryan Fuller, dual-signed from Eastleigh last season, has signed permanently for Follands following his release from the Spitfires. The Planemakers also have ex-AFC Totton left-back Matty Troon back in training after a lengthy break from the game.