Jamie Day continues his squad reshaping at Ebbsfleet United

Wednesday 14th January 2015
EBBSFLEET UNITED boss Jamie Day continues his squad reshaping at Stonebridge Road over the past couple of days.

The Fleet sit in seventh-place in the Vanarama Conference South table on 38 points from 24 games – thirteen points adrift of leaders Boreham Wood

Ebbsfleet United are pleased to announce their latest signing – with striker
Adam Cunnington agreeing terms on an 18-month contract to move from Cambridge United to Stonebridge Road.

The 27-year-old forward was the Conference’s second top scorer while at Tamworth and last season helped fire Cambridge United to promotion into League Two.

Standing 6ft 3in, Adam played for Barton Rovers, Leighton, Aylesbury United and Hitchin Town before really starting to bang in the goals at Barwell.

That earned him a move to Solihull Moors in 2010/11 and then on to Kettering Town and Dagenham & Redbridge under John Still as his reputation and goal rate increased.

In 2012 he spent a period on loan at Alfreton Town before signing for Tamworth where he enjoyed a fruitful season in 2012/13, scoring 21 league goals.

This earned him a move and a two-year contract at Cambridge United where he scored 10 goals in 31 games as part of the side that won promotion to the Football League, playing in the 2013/14 promotion final.

He started the U’s Football League campaign as one of their main strikers though moved to Bristol Rovers on a three-month loan earlier this season, scoring three times, before Day made his move for the proven goalscorer.

Day told http://www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/ “Adam is a player I’ve seen a fair bit of in his time at Cambridge and he’s played at all levels – Conference Premier, North and League Two.

“He’ll be a good addition to the squad and he’s got plenty of goals in him so it’s great to have him on board.”

The Fleet have continued their negotiations with players today and can announce that Shane Huke and Michael Corcoran have departed the club.

Both players joined in the summer of 2013 and played in the 2014 promotion final before being re-signed in the summer.

Defender Huke slotted into the centre of defence, earning rave reviews, until a foot injury at Dartford ruled him out for a good portion of the season, though he went on to make 22 appearances for a Fleet career total of 41, scoring four goals.

Huke told the club’s website: “I’d like to thank the fans and the club in particular for their support, especially through the long period I was laid off with my metatarsal injury and I wish them all the best in the future.”

Midfielder Corcoran bided his time in the Fleet squad for a regular opportunity and went on to appear in 34 games last season (playing 43 in all).

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Fleet and I leave wishing the club nothing but good times.”

Both players have found fewer opportunities for regular first-team action this term and are now free to speak to other clubs.

Fleet vice chairman Peter Varney told the club’s website: “All the players who are leaving the club can be proud of their achievements and efforts in a Fleet shirt.

“Shane and Michael were excellent professionals and I trust their future careers will bring them every success.”

Alex Osborn has agreed a month-long loan deal with fellow Vanarama Conference South side Concord Rangers.

He has made 12 appearances this season but spent time out through injury, returning in Fleet’s win at Welling United in the FA Trophy and also starring as a wing back in the victory over league leaders Boreham Wood.

Fleet boss Day said: “As has obviously been well-publicised, we have a large squad and game time can’t be guaranteed so players who might have limited first-team opportunities are able to utilise loan deals to keep themselves match fit and playing, as in Alex’s case with this move to Concord Rangers.”

Essex based Concord are currently in thirteenth-place, nine points off the play-offs but have played only 21 games.

The club announced that striker Ben May has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Mr Varney said: “Ben has had a difficult season with injury but is now fully fit. He has been an integral part of the squad here since KEH took over and has been a pleasure to work with and we wish him every success in his next career move, wherever that takes him.”

May added: “I have really enjoyed my time at the club and my only regret is that injury this season has restricted my game time. I am now fully fit but recognise that with all the new signings made it will be difficult to get a regular starting place.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club for all the support they have given me and I wish them well for the future.”

May was Steve Brown’s second signing, arriving from Dover Athletic in June 2013 and he started 31 out of a total of 42 appearances, scoring 12 goals for the club.

The club also announced that striker Billy Bricknell has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Mr Varney added: “Billy has been an integral part of the squad here for the past 18 months and has been a model player on and off the pitch and we wish him every success in his future career. I am aware Billy has interest from a number of clubs.”

Bricknell added: “I am really sad to be leaving the club but with all the new signings made I realise that my playing opportunities going forward may be limited. I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I am going to miss all the people at the club who have looked after me so well.

“I would like to thank the supporters for all their backing throughout my time and I wish the club nothing but success.”

Bricknell joined the Fleet in the summer of 2013 and scored 31 goals in 61 starts, with another 19 appearances from the bench.

The Fleet unveiled the signings of striker Danny Kedwell (Gillingham), defenders Matt Fish (Gillingham), Kelvin Langmead (ex-Northampton Town) and midfielders Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) and Theo Lewis (Woking) before knocking out Conference side Forest Green Rovers out of The FA Trophy last weekend.

The Fleet have 28 players on their books and five members of their management team.

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