Former Albion defender Dan Harding is back in Brighton - after signing for Whitehawk.

Harding links up with new Hawks boss Richard Hill, for whom he previously played at Eastleigh.

He is one of three new signings with Paul Reid and Glen Southam also arriving at the Enclosed Ground.

The trio signed in time to play against East Thurrock in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Left-back Harding, 32, has massive Football League experience, most of it gained in the Championship with the Seagulls, Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Leeds.

He came through the Albion ranks after signing as a 16-year-old and his six years with the club included success in the third-tier play-offs in 2004.

Harding helped keep Albion in the Championship against the odds at Withdean the following season before joining Leeds.

Reid, coincidentally the namesake of one of Harding's team-mates with Albion in the 2004 play-offs, also played for Hill at Eastleigh.

The 34-year-old defender is best known for his four years at Barnsley but also lists Glasgow Rangers, Carlisle, Preston, Northampton, Colchester and Scunthorpe among his former clubs.

Southam, 36, is an England C international midfielder with a wealth of experience including Football League stints at Dagenham, Barnet and Hereford.

Their arrival means Hill has made seven signings in his first week in charge.