Soccer Shorts: Glebe sign former Cray Wanderers goalkeeper Nick Blue
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BARKING have unveiled the signing of former Cray Wanderers winger Junior Dadson, 30, on a one-year contract.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC have offered new deals to Patrick Bauer, Joe Aribo, Jake Forster-Casker and Tarique Fosiu.
Addicks boss Lee Bowyer told www.cafc.co.uk: “We’ve offered them a contract, they’ll either accept or decline, all we can do is offer contracts. The four of them are up, they’re the four we’ve chosen to offer contracts to.”
The newly-promoted Championship club can confirm the following players will leave the club following the expiration of their current contracts.
Nicky Ajose, Mark Marshall, Josh Parker, Ben Reeves, Jonny Williams and Igor Vetokele.
Bowyer said: “They are all different reasons as to why we haven’t offered those lads contracts. Obviously they’ve played a massive part in last season and that was probably the hardest part of any discussion I’ve had since being in charge.
“We were all on a high and then the next day we came into work and it’s then saying that we’re going to be letting them go. It was a horrible situation but that’s part of the game unfortunately.
“Some people stay, some people go, that happens at every football club every season. It’s never personal. It’s what we felt what we need going forward and they weren’t part of the plan but those lads were great last season for me, so all I can say is that I wish them all the best.”
He explained the door is still open for Williams: “We know what we have per player. Jonny came from a Premier League club who were paying most of his wage and we were paying a small percentage of that. For us to get close to what he was on before is just impossible.
“We explained the situation to Jonny. He’s going to have other clubs that are interested in him for sure. If the money isn’t what he’s looking for, or if there is any way we can get close to it, then we will be speaking to his agent, we will be keeping in contact. It’s not like we’ve shut the door on him, it’s half open, hoping that someone else doesn’t come and snap him up.”
Krystian Bielik, Josh Cullen, Chris Maxwell and Ben Purrington have all returned to their respective parent clubs following the expiration of their loan deals.
Bowyer said: “The loanees that came, they were all outstanding, every single one of them. Josh Cullen, Krystian Bielik, Ben Purrington, they’ve all gone back better players than when they arrived, I think that is clear to see.
“Josh Cullen became a full international, which is a great achievement for a young lad, so I think West Ham will be happy.
“Krystian Bielik is going back with a full season under his belt. I think the relationship we already had with those football clubs has already grown. There was already trust to loan them but I think there is a lot more trust, it can only be better for our relationship with those clubs.”
Elsewhere, youngsters Wassim Aouachria, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu and Kennth Yao have all signed extensions with Charlton after successful seasons with Jason Euell’s U23s.
The U23s have been bolstered by the signing of Abraham Odoh following a successful loan spell at the club from Bostik South Central side Tooting & Mitcham United.
Luca Vega (Ipswich Town), Jay Mingi (West Ham United), Nathan Harness (Stevenage) and Charles Clayden (Leyton Orient) have also joined Euell’s group.
The following U23s will leave the club following the expiration of their current contracts:
Dan Bowry, Luke Carey, Joseph Cummings, Reece Hackett-Fairchild, Terrique Hall-Anderson, Mikhail Kennedy, Jamie Mascoll and Joshua Umerah.
Striker Hackett-Fairchild, 21, has signed for National League Bromley, after a five-game loan spell at Hayes Lane towards the end of last season.
Meanwhile, Kareem Isiaka, Samuel Keefe, Jospeh Osaghae, Johl Powell and James Vennings have all signed pro contracts.
DOVER ATHLETIC have unveiled the signing of midfielder Michael Woods, 29, on a two-year deal. The Yorkshireman was playing for their National League rivals Harrogate Town last season.
GLEBE have signed goalkeeper Nick Blue, who helped Cray Wanderers win the Bostik South East Division title last season. The Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club have also snapped up former Fisher centre-half Mudiagha Wanogho.
HERNE BAY newly-appointed manager Ben Smith has raided his former club Canterbury City to sign central midfielder Chris Saunders and wideman Dan Lawrence.
Lawrence told www.hernebayfootballclub.co.uk: “Pleased to be back to where it all began for me. When the guys spoke to me about signing for the club it was an absolute no brainer! It’s such a well-supported club and a club with so much potential and hopefully I can play a big part in that.
“Some of my greatest memories come from my first spell at the club and hopefully there’s more to come. Herne Bay is a club close to my heart and I’m delighted to be back home!”
Herne Bay, meanwhile, have managed to retain the services of Danny Lenoard.
KINGS HILL have appointed Aaron Braithwaite as their new manager and Chris Lelean as assistant manager, having enjoyed success together at K Sports Reserves.
“Aaron has a host of playing experience at both professional and semi-pro set-ups and joins us following an extremely successful two seasons managing K Sports Reserves, where he was also assisted by Chris,” said a statement from the Andreas Carter Kent County Premier Division outfit.
“Last season their team won the Kent County League Division One East by a margin of 16 points.
“We are looking forward to some of this type of success being repeated with Kings Hill FC.”
MERIDIAN VP have appointed a new management team after finishing bottom of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division last season.
Dwinder Tamna has been re-appointed manager, while former Lewisham Borough coach, Lewin Craig has been appointed Meridian’s new first team coach, while Nick Cella comes in as assistant manager.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED have unveiled the signing of former Greenwich Borough striker Mo Eisa, 24, from Bristol City and has signed him on a four-year contract.
The League One club have described the transfer as Eisa “completing his club record transfer deal from Bristol City.”
Eisa left Greenwich Borough to sign for Cheltenham Town, where he scored 25 goals in 50 games, which earnt him a big move to Championship side Bristol City and now he has signed for Peterborough United, who have a reputation for giving players from non-league football a chance to impress.
ROCHESTER UNITED have appointed Lee Garlinge as their new manager today.
The Rede Court Road outfit finished second from bottom in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division and received a reprieve from relegation alongside Meridian VP.
“Lee has an abundance of knowledge and experience at this level and we can’t wait for him to guide us into the new season,” said a club statement.
VCD ATHLETIC have retained the services of star striker Charlie MacDonald, 38, extending his stay at Oakwood for another year. MacDonald scored 35 goals for the Crayford-based Bostik South East Division club last season.