Saturday 18th June 2005

My hardest decision to make

BECKENHAM Town's new management duo of Gavin Rose and Junior Kadi have announced their first big name signing since joining the club from Nationwide Conference side Lewes, writes Stephen McCartney.

They have signed midfielder Peter Adeniyi from their former club.  The former Dulwich Hamlet star has had previous Kent League experience with Erith Town.

Beckenham supporters' first opportunity of seeing their side's new line up will be against Ryman Premier League newcomers Fisher Athletic in a pre-season friendly at Eden Park Avenue on Thursday 21 July.

And 25-year-old Kadi has admitted leaving the Sussex club was one of his hardest decisions to make.

He told the Lewes website: "I just want to thank everyone at Lewes for a great two years and this has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.

"I have made a lot of friends at the club and I hope you guys continue to back Steve King (Lewes manager) and the players in their bid to take the club even further.

"I have so many good memories of the place but the one that will never leave me is the way we destroyed Horsham in Steve's first derby and the worse has to be the disappointment of the play-offs (the club were denied to compete in the play-offs for the Nationwide Conference as their ground didn't meet Conference ground grading) but I  know that will only made the boys more determined to do it this year.

"I would like to thank the supporters for all their support even if it was negative at times but to me it only shows the long they have for the club - I'm glad to have been on the ride to take Lewes further."