We are delighted to welcome Ebbsfleet back to Cobdown, now better known as K Sports, says CEO Alan Dennington

Monday 25th June 2018

EBBSFLEET UNITED have reached an agreement to train at K Sports next season.

Fleet’s outgoing general manager Dave Archer has signed an agreement with the CEO of the K Sports Cobdown training facility, meaning the first team will return to their former and greatly modernised weekday base.

Fleet first trained at what was Cobdown following the KEH Sports takeover in 2013 but the entire operation has undergone a transformation since then.

The 28-acre sports ground near Aylesford boasts floodlit stadia-style 4G playing surfaces, improved grass pitches, a renovated clubhouse and facilities with first-class gym and changing blocks.

Archer told www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk: “The facilities and the investment in them has been nothing short of phenomenal. The 4G synthetic surface is of the highest standard and the new gym facilities are fantastic.

“One or two of the senior players will remember the facility from before when the club used it as a base; however, the whole facility is now almost unrecognisable and I am sure it will provide the squad with the ideal venue to prepare for the season ahead.”

Alan Dennington, the chief executive of K Sports said: “We are delighted to welcome Ebbsfleet back to Cobdown, now better known as K Sports. The site has transformed into an award-winning, multi-sport facility over the past two years and we are proud to offer the management and squad a training base to call home.

“It’s a testament to the investment and hard work that has taken place that we can attract clubs from the National League and support ambitious, elite teams like Ebbsfleet United. We wish them all the best this season and look forward to a new chapter working together.”

Elsewhere, Femi Ilesanmi, 27, has informed Dover Athletic that he will not be taking up the contract offered to him, opting to re-join his former club Boreham Wood.

The left-back joined Dover Athletic from Boreham Wood last June and made 45 National League appearances, scoring a couple of goals, for Chris Kinnear’s side.

Kinnear, meanwhile, has made his first summer signing with former Ross County striker Inih Effiong, 27, making the move to Crabble.

The Londoner made three appearances for the Scottish Premiership side after signing from Woking for an undisclosed fee in January.

Effiong joined Woking in May 2017 and scored on his debut in the 2-1 win against Gateshead on the opening day of last season.

Dulwich Hamlet have signed winger Anthony Cook, 28, from Ebbsfleet United, ahead of their Vanarama National League South debut season.

Cook, said on Twitter: “Can’t wait to get started at Dulwich Hamlet, the most excited I’ve ever been about a pre-season! I’ve been following my local side for the longest now, just can’t wait to put on the shirt and create some history with the boys.

“Football and family…played with my brothers, against my brother and now about to play for a club my dad used to play for.”