Eastbourne Borough are delighted to announce that young forward Billy Vigar has joined on a season-long loan from Premier League side Arsenal.

A powerful forward with plenty of aerial ability, Billy overcame an injury-plagued first half of the 2021/22 season to become a key player at under-18 level, scoring four times from 14 starts in the league.

He demonstrated his versatility with a stint as a right winger, as well as a right wing back and signed professional terms with the club in July 2022.

The Worthing-born front man joined Derby County in January 2023 on loan for the remainder of the season, where he featured in the second half of the Rams’ Premier League 2 campaign.

Boss Mark Beard said: “Billy is a player I have admired for a long time and we are lucky that we have been able to agree a deal with Arsenal to sign him.

“He is a quality centre forward who is very intelligent. Billy’s movement, passing and finishing are top class.

“Along with Steff (Vukoje), they are both great additional signings to the team, and have both settled in brilliantly this week in Wales.”

In his first spell in first team football, he will be keen to impress on the South Coast.