Scott Porter, manager of Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Whitstable Town, has announced several new signings.
Experienced striker Ricky Freeman has agreed to join the Oystermen for the coming season.
Freeman has played for a number of clubs, including Hollands & Blair, Phoenix Sports, AFC Hornchurch and Chatham Town and has a good goalscoring record.
Porter said: “Ricky is a great addition to Whitstable. I have been after him for a little while now and I’m over the moon that he has now agreed to join us. He has pace and experience and is a winner who will bring goals to the team.”
Stuart West, who captained the successful Ashford United team last season, has also joined Whitstable for the 2017/18 campaign.
West is primarily a defender, but can play elsewhere and has a reasonable goalscoring record.
He was previously with Hollands & Blair.
Porter added: “Westy is a massive signing for the club. His experience within the league says it all, having captained Ashford to a league and cup `double` last season, shows the importance of the signing. He can also play in a number of positions, which I like. Westy is another great addition to the squad.”
James Morrish, who joined the Oystermen on loan from AFC Hornchurch in February, has agreed to return on a more permanent basis.
The experienced midfielder made his debut for Whitstable back in August 2011 before moving to Hythe Town in 2013.
He is currently five short of 100 appearances for Whitstable.
Porter commented: “I’m pleased to announce the re-signing of James Morrish on a permanent basis. Mo came to us last season from AFC Hornchurch on loan, after a long injury lay-off. I believe we have a great addition to the squad in Mo and with a fresh start and a pre-season under his belt, he will bring a lot of experience, leadership and quality to Whitstable.”
As reported on this site earlier this week, Whitstable also secured a coup in bringing Harry Goodger back to Kent from Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town.
Porter was delighted: “Harry Goodger is a massive signing for Whitstable Town, having been at Hungerford Town in the National League South last season and winning promotions in previous seasons. He has returned to Kent and I’m pleased to have his signature on a one year contract. Harry will bring strength, quality and experience to the front line at Whitstable.”
They follow the earlier arrival of striker Danny Williams from local neighbours Herne Bay.