Eastbourne Borough are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Sam Beard from Barnet.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a loan spell at Priory Lane earlier in the season, making seven appearances and scoring a memorable goal against Weston-super-Mare.

He was then recalled early by his parent club, where he produced a man-of-the-match performance the following day against Dorking Wanderers live on BT Sport.

“It’s great to get Sam back in,” said manager Mark Beard.

“We’ve missed his presence since he was recalled at the end of September, and he adds a dynamic edge to the squad.

“He’s an attacking full-back and will give us an added dimension going forwards.”

Beard – son of boss Mark – is available for selection ahead of Saturday’s National League South fixture with Welling United.

He was a virtual ever-present for Barnet last term as they finished in the National League play-off places, making 42 appearances to take his tally to 78 across all competitions for Dean Brennan’s side.

“I’m buzzing to be back,” said the defender. “I really enjoyed my time here earlier in the season and can’t wait to be back playing.

“The club have had a difficult time with injuries, but they’re nearly all back fit again and I can’t wait to play my part in getting us back up the table.”

Before joining Barnet in the summer of 2021, Beard played a critical role in Dorking Wanderers’ rise through the non-league pyramid, winning two promotions in his five seasons at Meadowbank.

He also helped them into the National League South play-offs during the 2019/20 season, before being a part of the side that was top of the league in the 2020/21 campaign before it was declared null and void.

Consistent performances at the back made him a fan favourite at Barnet upon his arrival, and now after over two years later he’s made the switch to Priory Lane – for good this time.