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Several Ins & Outs At Billericay

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Bostik League Premier champions Billericay Town have started re-shaping their squad ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Several players have left the club this month. The first to announce his departure was Rob Swaine.

Swaine re-joined the Blues last season from Bromley. He made twenty-four league starts in 2017/18 and fifteen in the cup, with a single substitute appearance. He also chipped in with 5 goals.

In all he made 162 starts and 38 goals in his three spells at the club.

Swaine will be remembered by many Blues fans for scoring the equalising goal at Margate in April 2012 that secured the Isthmian League title.

He was also in the squads that lifted the Bostik League Cup in 2017 and Essex Senior Cup this season.

When the club`s `Hall of Fame` was created in 2016, Swaine was one of the first players inducted in that hadn’t won an FA Vase with the squad.

Also leaving the club is goalkeeper Jack Giddens.

Giddens joined Billericay in June 2015 from Tilbury and made his debut that August in the 1-1 draw at East Thurrock United.

He found his chances with the club limited with the arrival of Alan Julian but he still made ten cup appearances lifting the Bostik League Cup and Essex Senior Cup.

However, he made only a single league appearance.

Within hours of his release, Giddens, who ended his first season with the club as fans’ and managers` player of the season, joined new league rivals East Thurrock United.

Leo Chambers, who joined the club in August 2017 from West Ham United and made his debut in the home defeat against Kingstonian on the opening day of the season, went on to make sixteen league and cup starts for the Blues before moving to then-Bostik Premier rivals Kingstonian on loan.

It was announced recently that he had joined K`s on a permenant basis for the 2018/19 season.

Striker Louie Theophanous also joined Kingstonian on loan but not before making twenty-six starts for the club with eleven substitute appearances and scoring 10 goals.

He has also joined the K’s for next season.

Full-back Kevin Foley has also been released by the club.

Injury restricted his season, but he still managed to make twenty-one appearances.

Also leaving is Olly Sprague, who joined from Hendon in December 2016 and returned to the Greens on loan for the 2017/18 season.

He made sixteen league and two cup appearances for Billericay.

Another Blues player sent out on a season-long long was Byron Lawrence.

He joined from Leiston in March 2017 and made eight appearances for the Blues.

He re-joined Leiston at the start of the season.

In February, Billericay signed Luke Rooney, who had been playing in the United States for Phoneix Rising.

He ended the season with three starts, four sub appearances and 1 goal for Town before being released.

Sanchez Watt joined in November 2017 and went out on loan to Hemel Hempstead Town in February.

He scored on his debut at Maldon & Tiptree and made nine starts for the club, eight sub appearances and scored 3 times.

Another November signing was Nick Wheeler, who joined from Dagenham & Redbridge.

He ended his time with Town having made eighteen starts, eight sub appearances, scored 3 goals and lifted both the Bostik League Cup and the Essex Senior Cup.

One of the club`s top scorers, Billy Bricknell, has also left the club.

His second spell with the club saw him win two League Cup titles, the Essex Senior Cup and the Bostik League.

This season has taking his totals to 110 league starts with twenty-four sub appearances and 68 league goals, thirty cup starts with twenty sub appearances scoring 37 goals.

His 105 goals makes him one of the club`s highest scorers.

Charlie Cole joined in the summer of 2017 having been a prolific goalscorer with Takeley in the Essex Senior League.

He spent periods on loan with Canvey Island and Hertford Town before being released.

Two players have joined so far.

Joe Ellul has signed for his third period at the club.

He was a member of the Blues` team that won the 2016/17 Isthmian League Cup.

He played for Braintree Town and Maldon & Tiptree last season.

Also joining is former Chelsea youth winger Connor Hunte, who had played for Bostik South side Greenwich Borough last season.

It was also announced that midfielder Sam Deering had extended his stay at the club until 2020.


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