Its been already been a busy close season at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park with yesterdays announcement of new assistant manager Nick Davis joining us and we are equally pleased to announce that both Rob Denness and Conrad Lee have agreed terms to join the Ites for the forthcoming season.
Rob Denness is a powerful striker who has previously been at Greenwich Borough and Hollands & Blair whilst Conrad Lee is versatile defender who has played for Phoenix Sports and Sittingbourne in the Bostik League.
We spoke to both Rob and Conrad and here’s what they had to say :
Having played against The Ites what was your impression on our pitch and stadium?
I’ve always been very impressed with the set up at The Ites. The facilities are superb and the pitch has always been like a carpet. It’s defiantly one of the best surfaces I’ve played on.
I’m really looking forward to playing football here!
And the fans here at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park?
The fans really get behind the team! The crowd numbers are fantastic, it is important for a club to have this support, as a good crowd grows so does the club and it’s success! I am really passionate about football and had been fortunate enough to still be playing. Hopefully The fans will enjoy my performances and the teams!
What are your thoughts for the forthcoming pre-season games lined up?
Pre-season we have some good games lined up, against teams in the higher division. These games will give Ernie, Nick and fans an opportunity to look at the side before the season starts.
I’m looking forward to playing Gills and Greenwich Borough (previous club). Pre-season is all about getting minutes under your belt in preparation for the start of the season.
It’s an exciting prospect having Dan Bradshaw and yourself leading the front line with quality players such as Remmell Davis and Luke Girt behind you. How do you feel the squad will fair in this campaign?
After speaking to Ernie about his ambition for this season and going forward, I think that we have a good squad. Having the quality of players above will cause teams big problems.
I’ve come to the club for success and we will want to win as many games as possible. If we take each game as it comes we will have a good chance of competing for the league!
Golden boot – Bradshaw or Denness?
Good question! I always score my fair few goals in any team I play in but I’m also someone who likes to provide. I’m confident that with Bradshaw playing alongside me we will
score more goals together. But for me it’s always been about the team winning games!
What was the deciding factor to come to SUFC?
I have to say the deciding factor on me signing for Sheppey would be my conversation with Ernie and his desire to win and get the club onto the next level
What players from the current squad have you played with in the past?
From the current squad I’ve played with Jono, Hicham, Tom Brunt, Kwasi, Remell …. so I’ve played with a few of the squad and know how we can play together
Cup run or league focus?
I’d have to say for me personally would be league focus. I mean it would be fantastic to go on a good cup run but for me it’s the league
What were you impressions of The Havill Stadium – Holm Park set up at Sheppey United FC?
My first impressions of seeing The Havill Stadium I must say left me speechless. Some clubs in higher leagues don’t come close to it especially with how the pitch looks it’s amazing
Our attendances both home and away is unrivalled at this level. Are you looking forward to playing in front of the fans?
Of course I am. From what I’ve heard so far are the fans are amazing and I’m looking to be a fan favourite ? and have a few songs I hope
A very warm welcome to both players.
Off the field things have also been full steam ahead with more new sponsors onboard and match day sponsorship packages already being reserved in the commercial department.
The upstairs Gallery Bar and facilities is in the middle of a refurbishment in readiness for the start of the main season and plans are already in place for fundraising for this seasons new nominated charity The Ites Foundation.
“Paul and I were talking about plans for the forthcoming season and how the past 2 seasons had been successful in our chosen charities being The Dannyboy Trust and Building Smiles. Our club ethos is From the Community – For The Community, so we felt it was a good idea to establish our own foundation where we can help other sports groups on the Island”. Said Chairman Matt Smith.
“We hope we can in some small way distribute whatever we raise to other youth sports clubs on the Island be it Cricket, Rugby, Golf etc. What we can do to bring all sport for the youth of the Island together then that can only be a good thing. We hope our supporters get behind the foundation, dig nice and deep and get onboard with our fund raising and collections throughout the season” says Commercial Director Paul Rogers.
We will bring you more news as it comes.