I must say it is a pleasure to work with such a talent in Erhun Oztumer, says Gavin Rose
DULWICH HAMLET manager Gavin Rose says he is very happy that Erhun Oztumer has signed a two-year deal at League One side Peterborough United.
Oztumer, 23, who came through the youth system at Charlton Athletic before a spell in the Turkish Premier League, has impressed during his time at Champion Hill.
The midfield magiciain scored 33 goals in 49 appearances for The Hamlet last season, as the club finished in sixth-place in the Ryman Premier League table last season, after beating Maidstone United to the Ryman League Division One South title 12 months earlier.
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told his club’s website: “He is a lad that we have looked at, a lot of club’s have looked at him.
“He is an exciting player, he has great balance, great pace and a typical number 10.
“I have had a good chat with him and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Rose, who last month said that there were three clubs that were trying to snap up Oztumer, who was going to decide his destination after his holiday, revealed the club will receive a small transfer fee from The Posh.
He said: “I’m very happy for Erhun. It is the second spell I’ve had working with him and I must say it is a pleasure to work with such a talent, whose biggest attribute is his human quality of being very humble and receptive to listening and progression.
“The club will receive a small fee as the player’s contact had expired, with incentives including a friendly.
“Erhun will not be the only player no longer starting next season with us so we will need to replace a few next season, so it is more of a holistic view.”
Oztumer took to twitter to pay tribute to the people that ensured his time in South London was a success.
"Firstly want to thank my friends, family and my girlfriend for helping to get to where I am today,” he tweeted.
“Thank you to Gav (Gavin Rose), Junior (Kadi) and Kevin (James) for making me who I am today. They have been brilliant role models to me.
“And thank you for the best non-league club ever Dulwich Hamlet and the fans. It’s been amazing playing in front of you.”
Meanwhile, Dulwich Hamlet supporters will be raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association during England’s World Cup clash against Uruquay on Thursday, 19 June.
The bar at Champion Hill will be opening its doors at 7pm so fans can enjoy the game, while eating homemade cakes and drinking locally brewed beer from a Peckham based brewery.
There will also be a raffle for a chance to win great prizes including season tickets for the new campaign and signed merchandice will be auctioned in aid of the cause.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with or caring for, someone with MND, relies solely on donations.
All money raised at this event will provide vital support for people living with MND, their famalies and carers.
It also enables the MND Association to continue research into finding a cure for the fatal disease, which affects up to 5,000 people in the UK at any one time. Half of those diagnosed with MND die within 14 months of diagnosis.
Co-organiser and Dulwich Hamlet supporter, Duncan Hart said: “The event also represents a marked effort by the fans of Dulwich Hamlet, known affectionately as the “Rabble”, to encourage more of the local community through the gates of Champion Hill next season.
“Fans have become more and more closely involved with community issues during the last season.”
Fellow organiser, Suzanne Case added: “MND is a charity close to my heart. I lost my mum to the disease in 2009. It rots you of your muscle function and over a period of 16 months she lost her ability to eat, speak and swallow. There is currently no cure.
“I hope as many as possible can come on 19 June or donate so that other families might not have to go through the pain of losing a loved one to this horrible disease.”
Mr Hart added: “I am delighted that Dulwich Hamlet has agreed to host this event for MND. It demonstrates the close connections between the club and the local area.
“I hope new people who come and watch the England game in the bar will return for the real thing on the pitch in August.”
Tickets are priced at £8 or £4 (concessions and people not on the London Living Wage). Please buy tickets in advance from https://www.justgiving.com/suzanne-case and include your name and email address so confirmation and a ticket can be sent.
If you can’t attend, you can still pledge your support by donating at the same place.
Visit Dulwich Hamlet’s website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet