I think these are exciting times ahead for Sheppey United and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play for my local team, says Luke Girt

Tuesday 04th July 2017

SHEPPEY UNITED have tied highly-rated central defender Rob Saunders down to a two-year contract.


The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal for the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club.

“I’ve had two great seasons at Sheppey United where we have gained promotion and played in two cup finals,” Saunders told www.sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Ernie Batten, Barry Morgan and especially Geoff Record since being here and feel like I’ve improved during that time.

“I have loved playing in front of the 300 plus fans that turn up every week, which is unheard of at this level and is the main reason I’ve signed on for another year.

“Ernie and Matt Smith (chairman) have also showed their intentions for next year by getting in some very good (Isthmian League) players, making it an obvious choice to stay on.

“I can’t wait for the season to start and hopefully we can push for another promotion and cup final.

Manager Batten has also signed former Sittingbourne, Whitstable Town and Ramsgate midfielder Luke Girt, 22.

Batten is delighted to bring Girt, who resides at Minster on Sea, to the club.

“What a signing for the club,” said Batten.

“I’m over the moon and a local lad too! He can’t wait to get involved. He is a great lad and has tonnes of experience under his belt at the age of 22!

Girt revealed that he has left Bostik South Ramsgate due to his work commitments.

“I’m joining Sheppey firstly as this better suits my work, especially going into my final year of my apprenticeship where my hours may alter meaning committing to a team like Ramsgate wouldn’t be ideal nor easy for me.  I have to be realistic and always put work before football.

“Saying that, Sheppey has always been a club that has interested me and it’s great to see what Matt and Ernie have created for the club and is something I can’t wait to get involved with to push the club on.

“I think there are exciting times ahead for Sheppey United and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play for my local team.

“I’d also like to thank Lloyd Blackman, the management staff, the players and all the Ramsgate fans for their support (over) the last two seasons.”

Sheppey United have confirmed that Richard Atkins, Arlie Desanges, David Abe (Lordswood) and Danny Walder (Faversham Town) have all left Holm Park.

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