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Faversham Favourite Leaves For Sheppey

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Bostik League South club Faversham Town fans` favourite Luke Harvey has left to join Southern Counties East League side Sheppey United.

Harvey, 31, arrived at Shepherd Neame Stadium from Herne Bay and played in the 2013 play-off final against Maidstone United before ending a successful first stint at the club in December 2014 and heading to Hythe Town.

The striker re-joined Town two years later and played a significant role in helping the team reach the play-off final four months later.

He was controversially sent-off in the final at Worthing after the referee ruled he had deliberately pushed an opponent.

Harvey, who has also played for Charlton Athletic and Cray Valley PM, Tweeted: “After a lot of thought, I’m pleased to agree everything and officially be a Sheppey Utd player for the rest of the season.

“Would like to wish Faversham Town all the best for the season and future.
“Pleasure to have had two great spells there!”

Faversham manager Ray Turner has paid tribute to Harvey’s attitude and “sheer commitment” after his second spell at the club ended.

Turner first brought Harvey to the Shepherd Neame Stadium from Herne Bay in 2011 – then signed him again for a second stint in 2016.

The forward initially dual signed for Town and Sheppey this season to get game-time but has now committed to them for the rest of the season.

Turner said: “We discussed it pre-season because he missed a big chunk of pre-season.

“At this stage of his career, he wants to play as much as possible and I fully support him in what what he wants to do.

“He has been great for me, and supported me, in both his stints at the club and he goes with my blessing.

“Luke is a fantastic character to have around a dressing room. He always gives everything – that’s the way he plays and he has never changed that.

“He wants to settle somewhere for the whole season, and he has still got a lot to give.

“We always hate to lose players, particularly ones who have been so committed and given so much to the club for so long.

“It’s always difficult, and it’s a loss for us, but it’s the right thing for Luke at
this stage of his life, with a young family, and that is the most important thing.

“He will always be a fans’ favourite wherever he goes because of the sheer commitment he shows to the cause”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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