Ben Williamson has become the third Worthing player to have a trial with Glenn Hoddle’s academy.

Young striker Williamson has spent this week in Gibraltar trying to impress the former England manager.

The Brighton University student has been a big success since joining the Rebels in the summer, scoring five goals in 11 games despite two spells on the sidelines due to injury.

Manager Simon Colbran said: “Ben is a great player. The first time I saw him in training I thought he had something and we made sure we got his signature straight away.

“He is improving all the time, he is learning to hold the ball up and if he continues to improve he will be one hell of a player.”

Hoddle’s academy was set up to help promising young footballers get into the professional game.

Worthing duo Ross Treleaven and Karly Akehurst had trials last month.

Meanwhile, Colbran is hoping to follow the signings of Evan Archibald and John Piercy with two more additions, including Matt Simpson of Horsham YMCA who was at Worthing last year.

Striker Archibald made his debut in the 3-0 midweek defeat of Corinthian-Casuals but former Albion midfielder Piercy will not be available until next week’s game at Chatham.

The arrivals will mean Colbran will have to assess the size of his squad. Young defender Joe Booker has joined Pagham on loan but will not be leaving permanently.

The Rebels boss said: “Joe needs to get matches at a decent level which is why he is joining Pagham but he is definitely part of our future plans.”

Paul Kennett and Gavin Gordon could return for tomorrow’s game at home to Walton and Hersham.