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Interim Manager Ross Wiles has added winger James Bessey-Saldanha to the squad for the upcoming 2023/24 season.

Winger Bessey-Saldanha signs having played as a trialist most of this pre-season – yes, it’s that no.11 who scored a cracking goal against a Gillingham XI.
Bessey has played at step 3 with Margate the last few seasons and also had spells with Sevenoaks Town and Bearsted – where his 26 goals in 30 games for the Bears earned the move to Sevenoaks Town before Covid cut that 2019/2020 season short.
Wiles said, “Bessey is a tricky player to play against for any opposition and our supporters have already taken to him. We’re pleased to get this one finalised as there was a lot of interest in James, and rightfully so.“
James was equally as happy to get the deal done, “For me, Sheppey is a club I’ve always admired as it has a professional set up and have always played the style of football I like to play.
“I wanted to go somewhere I’d enjoy myself at, score some goals and hopefully win some silverware, and Sheppey fit the bill perfectly.
“We’ve got a great bunch of boys and we’re playing some nice football. So I’m really excited to sign and see how the season plays out”
Want to support James Bessey-Saldanha next season with one of three partnership packages on offer?
For a fee of £100 you will get:
• Your name against James Bessey-Saldanha in the match day programme
• Your name listed on James Bessey-Saldanha’s player profile on the clubs’ website
• You will get a personalised Christmas video message from James Bessey-Saldanha during the festive period
• You’ll receive James Bessey-Saldanha’s shirt at the end of the season
Shirts on offer are the home shirt (£100) or away shirt (£100).
New for 2023/24 is also James Bessey-Saldanha’s warmup shirt, with all the above incentives applicable for a fee of £50.
All player partnerships are done on a first come – first served basis by contacting Paul Rogers by email at
(Should a player depart from SUFC during the season you will then have first choice on any new player coming in and your partnership commitment will be transferred)

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