The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 13th July 2012
.....his seventeenth signature this summer with confirmation that Jake Gilbert has committed to the cause and Matthew Judge returns to the fold after a brief spell at the end of the 2009/10 season. Gilbert is a tough-tackling midfielder who was signed by then boss Dennis Greene for the Tudors in the summer of 2009.
He started his football with Aylesbury FC as a youth and has also played for Berkhamsted Town and Thurrock.
Gilbert has played for five different managers in his time at Hemel, but this will be his second time working with Brennan.
A versatile player, he has played in pretty much all the midfield and defensive positions.
He suffered an injury playing against St Albans City in January 2012 that ruled him out for the rest of the season, but is now back having started pre-season training with the squad.
Judge began his career at Tottenham Hotspur as a youth player where he stayed for five years before moving to Luton Town.
Following Luton, he had spells with Dagenham & Redbridge, Heybridge Swifts and Harlow Town.
Having made the Republic of Ireland under-19 team, he moved to eircom League side Sligo Rovers in the summer 2006.
During his three seasons at Sligo, Judge earned himself a call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.
He signed for Ebbsfleet United at the start of 2009 before joining Thurrock in October of the same year.
He was drafted into the Hemel squad by Brennan in April 2010 in a bid to avoid relegation, scoring four goals in six starts for the club, securing enough points that would later earn Hemel a reprieve.
He went on to play for Bishop's Stortford and last year was at Dunstable Town where he netted fifteen times in thirty-four games.