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Midfielder Liam Gillies is back at Holm Park for the new season!

Gillies, who started at Gillingham as a youngster, has also played at Dartford, Sevenoaks Town and Whitstable Town (two spells).

The midfielder joined the Ites during the 2021/22 season, making 33 appearances, scoring 5 goals – also picking-up 3 cup winners medals and a league championship medal in the same season.

The following season the midfielder played 15 games before departing for Whitstable Town.

Manager Ernie Batten said, “I signed Liam during our 4 trophy season and he slotted straight in and hit the ground running.

“At 24 he’s still young, but he’s already got a lot of good experience behind him. He’s not afraid to get stuck in and I’m sure he can’t wait to get back out there in a Sheppey United shirt.”

“I’m glad to bring him back, I know he’s popular with the supporters too, and I hope they’re as pleased as me to see him back.”

Gillies was in his own words buzzing to be back, “After the first conversation I had with Ernie I knew straight away that I wanted to come back to Sheppey United. The decision was a no brainier really.

“I’m really excited to see some old faces & to play in-front of the incredible fans week in and week out once again.

“I cannot wait to get back into a Sheppey shirt & get things underway. After some great conversations with Ernie I’m sure we will be right up there competing for the play-off places.

“Let’s make this a season to remember… UP THE ITES!”

General Manager Lee Allen added, “Gillies will offer us a lot of energy in midfield, where he is good at closing down and retrieving the ball. He’ll also contribute further up the pitch too – I remember some standout games from Gillies during his first spell here, like that 3-3 game v Glebe where he helped turn that game around from 3-nil down – one of many games where when you look back on that season, that comeback was vital.

“Liam also brings a great vibe to the changing room, he’ll be popular with the players, and I know a few supporters were also disappointed to see him leave here in the first place. I’m sure he will want to show the Ites faithful that he has even more to give us during his second spell here, welcome back Gillie.”


Want to support Liam Gillies next season with one of three partnership packages on offer?
For a fee of £125+ VAT you will get:

  • Your name against Liam Gillies in the match day programme
    • Your name listed on Liam’s player profile on the clubs’ website
    • You will get a personalised Christmas video message from Liam Gillies during the festive period
    • You’ll receive Liam’s shirt at the end of the season

Shirts on offer are the home shirt (£125+VAT) or away shirt (£125+VAT).

Liam’s warmup shirt is also available for £75+VAT.

All player partnerships are done on a first come – first served basis by contacting Ash Carlin by email at

If you’re interested in more than one shirt, please contact Ash directly.

(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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