RETAINED LIST CONFIRMED FOR NEXT SEASON
Last season was aimed at giving the young players the opportunity to play and improve and for us to benefit from that this season. It was important to keep the nucleus of the side together to see that benefit and add the right players to that group to make us stronger.
Staying with us are: Dan Smith, Ricardo Thompson, Sam Fairweather-Oates, Steve Springett, Drew Cooney, Steve Sargent, Dan Hogan, Jack Meeres, Michael Wilson, Alex Gaggin, Leo Mazzone, Charlie Postance and Ainsley Everett.
We have already added Callum Emptage and Sheikh Ceesay to the squad to bolster the defensive side of things and we will be looking to add possibly one more defender.
I am also pleased to welcome Harrison Hume, a young midfielder from Margate, who has over 50 senior appearances in step 5 and 6 football at the age of 18 which is testament to his character.
Another midfielder joining is talented Bradley Rudd who was previously with Tottenham Hotspur for over eight years as well as Ebbsfleet and Maidstone United.
Bradley is a player that will certainly get people off their seats.
Finally, returning after a short loan spell last season is Jack Bray also from Margate. Jack is a real winner and has lots of ability and someone we already know and are looking forward to working with again.
THREE MORE NEW FACES
Matt Longhurst writes: “I’m delighted to confirm the signing of Sheik Ceesay from Whyteleafe, a vastly experienced goal keeper who has won this division and been involved in play-off games. Sheik will also work with the younger keepers at the club to help them progress.
“We conceded too many goals last season and this is a further addition to make us more solid. Sheik’s attitude to helping Dan Smith, who has also committed to the club for next season, is a big plus with the future in mind. Welcome to the club Sheik.
“Also joining are forward player Jarred Trespaderne and defender Harvey Killick from Margate under-23s. Both players have shown a desire and commitment to want to push on in the game and have valuable experience both at step 4 and 5 already. I look forward to watching both progress in a Wasps shirt this year.
“I will be able to confirm the existing players retained list later this week as well as one or two more new signings. It’s been a busy few weeks and the recruitment process has been different this summer but I’m pleased with what we have done so far.
“Leaving the club is Oshaye Hutchinson who we wish well in his future career. Disappointingly, player of the year Will Hoare has moved on to Horsham. Will has developed lots over the last 18 months with us and I was looking forward to seeing this bear fruit this year but the nature of the game is players move so although it is disappointing it’s part of the game and we wish him all the best."
Club recruiting physiotherapist
East Grinstead Town FC are looking for a physiotherapist to cover first-team fixtures in the Isthmian League at Step 4 of the non-league pyramid.
This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain on-the-job experience in football at a progressive club with excellent facilities.
If you are interested please contact Matt Longhurst with details of your background and any relevant experience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The club will be holding trials for next season’s under-18 ream shortly and are recruiting players currently playing at a good standard who feel they are capable of making the step to Isthmian League football at Step 4.
Please send details of your background and level you currently play at to Manager Bob Wallis – email@example.com or call him on 07793017128. He will also provide details of trial dates.
Congratulations to the third XI who won the Mid Sussex League's Tester Cup after a 5-3 victory over Hassocks III at Haywards Heath on Wednesday
Photos by Stuart Gibson
Sat 7 Burgess Hill Town (h) 3pm
Tues 11 K Sports (a) 7.30pm
Sat 14 Woking (h) 3pm
Tues 17 Fisher Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Sat 21 TBC
Tues 24 Lordswood (a) 7.45pm
Thurs 26 Eastbourne Town (a) 7.45pm
Sat 28 Sutton Athletic (a) 3pm
Fri 3 Lewes (h) 3pm
Sat 4 Tonbridge Angels (h)
We are also hosting two pre-season games for Crawley Town
Tues 17 July v Ipswich Town (7.30pm)
Sat 21 July v Opponents TBC (3pm)
200 CLUB WINNERS
1st Prize £60 – T Holah
2nd Prize £20 – M Huggett
3rd Prize £10 – E Cooper
1st Prize £60 – C Gilmore
2nd Prize £20 – T Holah
3rd Prize £10 – C White
1st Prize £60 – D Cherry
2nd Prize £20 – L Medcalf
3rd Prize £10 – M Thomas