Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Sheppey United are have announced the signing of central midfielder Luke Girt from Bostik League South side Ramsgate.
The 22-year-old from Minster-on-Sea joins his home-town club after several years playing in the Ryman South.
He joined Sittingbourne in 2010 and later signed for Whitstable Town in 2014 before joining Ramsgate for the 2015/16 season.
Sheppey manager Ernie Batten said: “What a signing for the club, 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 said: “I’m joining Sheppey firstly as it 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 Smith and Ernie Batten 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 Blacky the management staff, the players and all the Ramsgate fans for their support the last two seasons”.
More good news came as Sheppey’s players` and supporters` player of the year Rob Saunders signed a new contract at The Havill Stadium.
The 21-year-old centre-back had this to say upon penning his contract:
“I’ve had two great seasons at Sheppey United where we have gained promotion and played in two cup finals. I’ve learnt a lot from Ernie, Barry and especially Geoff 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 have also showed their intentions for next year by getting in some very good Ryman 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.”
Meanwhile, Richard Atkins, Arlie Desanges, David Abe and Danny Walder have all left Sheppey.
Atkins represented the club twenty-nine times last season and scored 13 goals.
Due to work and moving home, he can no longer commit to Sheppey.
Desanges joined from Sutton Athletic during last season, scoring 3 goals in ten appearances for the club, but moves on this summer.
Abe also turned out for the Ite’s ten times last season whilst on dual registration with Sittingbourne and will now be playing for league rivals Lordswood this coming season.
Walder made fourteen appearances last season but will now be challenging for promotion with Faversham Town in the Bostik South.
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