Worthing FC midfielder Jesse Starkey is relishing the chance of first-team football after arriving on a one-month loan deal from League One side Gillingham.
The 22-year-old, who began his professional career at Brighton & Hove Albion, left the Seagulls last season and has struggled for first-team opportunities since.
In the past 11 months, Starkey has made just two appearances – for Swindon and current club Gillingham – and he is now delighted to be linking up with Adam Hinshelwood again, his youth coach at Brighton, and to be back playing.
Starkey told the West Sussex Gazette: “I’ve not had a lot of matches over the past year or so and I needed to get out and play somewhere.
“Adam [Hinshelwood] is someone I know quite well, we were at Brighton at the same time – so after speaking to him the move to Worthing came about.
“They like to play the game in the right way and, with me being a Brighton lad, it’s quite close to home so works quite well for me and the travelling distance is not too far.
“It’s about getting some regular match action and helping Worthing up the table in my time here.”
Starkey made his debut for Worthing debut on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in the club’s 2-2 draw with Harrow Borough.
The Sussex club are still rooted to the foot of the Bostik Premier, but their weekend display was encouraging and Starkey said: “Saturday was probably a game we should have won.
“It’s important to start winning games here and helping the team move up the table and out of trouble.”