Ites Manager Ernie Batten continues to bolster his team with another new signing.
Sheppey United welcome 24 year old Tom Brunt to The Havill Stadium – Holm Park for the forthcoming season. Tom turned pro in 2011 at Gillingham FC before playing at he highest levels in Kent football with Ashford Town, Folkestone and recently as Sittingbourne captain.
“Tom brings us some versatility as he is predominantly a midfield player but can also play full back. Again, we have brought in another young player who has bundles of experience and will be a real asset to us. Tom has had a lot of interest from clubs in Kent who are playing a higher level but he can see what we are creating. We should all be proud of our club as players want to play here”.
“We have made a couple of great signings in Jordan, Hicham and Tom and we have a few more players to talk to and a couple of other key men in our sights, so its looking to be another good season for us. We are trying to build a squad to push on and that means expanding on our very young team with some experienced players. Its all about balance and building the team the right way at the right time. Our fans are the best in our league by far and probably up there with the best in Kent. I’m as passionate as they are for us to do well but I have to keep a calm head to bring the rewards they deserve but what I do know is that if they can keep getting behind the lads both home and away with their vocal support then who knows where it will take us. It makes so much difference “.
With the exception of Danny Walder to Faversham and Karn Miller-Neave and Joe Denny back to Ebbsfleet there have been no other notifications of the 2016-2017 squad moving on.
“At present we will have everyone reporting back for pre-season training. Until we all meet up in a couple of weeks its business as usual. John Ralph will be a welcome return after his injury last season and I am waiting on the outcome of a couple of other players too from lengthy lay offs. The pre-season fixtures will be a good test and a good chance for us to evaluate things. The teams we are playing all offer different challenges. I am looking forward to the Sittingbourne game and I’m hoping that’s when our fans do the club proud – be vocal, sing but enjoy the game the right way”