Badshot Lea have recently added three new recruits to their squad, with Jonathan Sanchez, Tristan Goodridge and Kareem Akinnibi all arriving at Westfield Lane.

Midfielder Sanchez joins the Baggies with an interesting footballing CV.

The 23-year-old joined the University of East London in 2018 to study and play football at the facilities at SportsDock, but a holiday trip to Ecuador changed his plans.

“I had previously gone to Ecuador on a holiday,” said Sanchez.

“I was with my dad, and I had an opportunity to go for a trial with El Nacional FC.

“It was on a two to three-week basis and the manager said to come back in December to do pre-season.

“It took me around a year to adapt – it was tough getting used to adult life.

“Everything in my head was jumbled up – if I had a bad training session I would go back home and think ‘what did I do wrong?’

“It was difficult being on your own at that age in a foreign country without anyone around to guide you or put an arm around your shoulder.”

Sanchez was in and out of the El Nacional first team, and played for the reserve squad to stay fit.

His El Nacional reserve squad won the title in 2019 and were contenders for the title in 2020 before football in Ecuador and worldwide was suspended because of Covid-19 and he made the trip back home before lockdown.

Sanchez enrolled into university to get a degree while playing Sunday league football for East London FC.

He joins the Baggies after a spell at Westfield in the Isthmian League South Central Division.

“I was delighted to get the call,” said Sanchez.

“I’m excited to be on board at Badshot Lea. My preferred position is right centre-half but I can play anywhere along the back.”

Sanchez is continuing his studies at university and is a regular in the South of England University Football Squad.

Goodridge joins Badshot Lea after a short spell at Corinthian Casuals.

The 21-year-old can play on the left wing or as a striker. He started at AFC Wimbledon, but was quickly snapped up by Aston Villa – where he spent three seasons.

He played for Villa’s under-18s before progressing to the reserves and under-23s.

Goodridge went to Hayes & Yeading – where he was loaned out to Westfield – before pursuing a six-month opportunity in the United States.

Akinnibi joins Badshot Lea from Metropolitan Police.

The 23-year-old forward has also played for Tooting & Mitcham, Redhill, Chessington & Hook United and Sutton Athletic.