Category: 2013-2014 Club News

TOWN SIGN MURRAY

Whitstable Town can announce the signing of highly rated 19 year old  midfielder Macauley Murray who has signed for us from Ramsgate. He has been registered and will be in the squad for tonight’s game at Merstham . He joined Ramsgate  at the start of 2012/13 season and has been a regular in their first team ever since.   He also had a spell at Canterbury City.

 

ASHLEY MILLER SIGNS FOR TOWN

photoFront man, Ashley Miller has today signed for Whitstable Town. Ashley has just recently been released by Gillingham having played his professional debut  as substitute against Wycombe Wanderers on 2 November 2010, at the age of 16.

Shortly after his professional debut, Miller was scouted and then linked with a move to various Premier League sides, most strongly Liverpool however a move never materialised. Ashley  made his first start for Gillingham on 7 March 2012 in a home game against Barnet, and scored his first senior goal in Gillingham’s 4-3 defeat to Crewe Alexandra three days later.

In October 2012, Miller signed on loan for Isthmian League Ramsgate, scoring the opening goal on his debut against Leatherhead in a 2-1 win. In February 2013, he signed on loan for Isthmian League Division One South side Hythe Town and scored twice on his debut before half time. We welcome Ashley to the Belmont

SCOTT HEARD TRIAL WITH CHESTERFIELD

Scott Heard / Chesterfield FC

The Belmont has been the venue for many scouts of late, seeing visitors from Premiership Clubs through to Conference South, looking at the talent that graces The Belmont from both our & our opponents.

One such player to grab an opportunity is young Scott Heard whom League Two title challengers & Johnston Paint Trophy Finalists Chesterfield FC have this evening confirmed a trial next week for Scott that will see him travel to the Midlands, train all week & be an invited guest for their League Two fixture at home to Morecambe on Tuesday evening.

Whilst it’s a terrific acknowledgement of Scott’s ability, it will mean that he looks to miss our midweek fixtures at Home to Hastings on Tuesday & (possibly) Away to Merstham (Thursday).

We all wish Scott well.

EX PRO SIGNS FOR TOWN

Jack Parter signs for Town
Jack Parter signs for Town

We are delighted to announce that ex Gill Jack Parter has today signed for Whitstable Town & should make his debut tomorrow at Home against Sittingbourne in the Ryman South – pending the completion of his registration.

Parter (20), released by Gillingham last week having been there for 6yrs as a Scholar & whom signed pro terms this season turned out for Gillingham first team pre-season but never got the chance under former Manager Martin Allen nor the current incumbent (and ex England Manager) Peter Taylor.

In signing for the Oysters a few minutes ago, Parter is keen to showcase his abilities in his desire to overcome his Gills disappointment & whom better than (ex Gill) Nicky Southall’s Whitstable Town who still have 17 games in the next 7 weeks.

It has not been easy to land Parter with whom numerous contact has been since his release by Gillingham; the line between player, manager, coach & chairman being extremely hot prior to his decision to sign late this afternoon and his signing a few moments ago.

Parter, whom lives in Faversham & whom created interest in the last week from a number of Clubs (which are believed to have included Faversham, Hastings & Ramsgate) plays best at full back being equally comfortable on the left or right; has Ryman experience having been loaned out to Whitstable under Southall’s predecessor between two stints at Ramsgate for whom more recently he ended a 3 month loan in January – scoring twice in the process!

The Manager (Nicky Southall) & Chairman (Gary Johnson) are both equally delighted to provide Jack with this opportunity & hope that with the number of scouts currently visiting The Belmont that it won’t be too long before Jack reinvigorates himself with a Pro Club (but next season!!); in the meantime the Oysters will benefit from him  with their end of season run in and again strengthen an already tight nit defensive line up.

 

SOUTHALL ACTS FAST

Nicky Southall has acted swiftly in appointing an experienced & local coach – Steve Nolan, whom joins as Assistant Manager.

Until last week, Steve Nolan was First Team Coach under former Ramsgate Manager Tim Dixon, although he previously served the Oysters 3 yrs ago under then Whitstable Manager Peter Nott before departing after Nott in October 2011.

Southall commented, ‘Steve brings a wealth of experience & knowledge of football at this level and I’m sure will integrate well within the Club’s management structure; this is an exciting opportunity for both Steve & I as we look to guide Whitstable up the table & improve our current standings which clearly has to be our first & immediate priority….Steve watched the club recently & was clearly impressed with some of the raw & emerging young talent at the Club which highlights the success of the U21 Development Squad led by Bob Reardon’.

Chairman, Gary Johnson, welcomed Southall’s decisive & prompt action in complimenting & building a new football management team saying ‘Steve is well known here at the club & a very welcome addition, a safe & steady experienced pair of hands…..his appointment may also help to attract further talented individuals to the Clubs cause’.

 

Steve will join the Club in readiness for Saturdays fixture at home to fellow Kent club, Folkestone Invicta.

JORDAN WELLS

Firstly on behalf of Jordan thank you for the many enquiries on his behalf received by myself and the club today.

Having played a key part in Tuesdays Ramsgate win, scoring the first goal, no.11 Wells fell awkwardly after a challenge; dislocating his right arm an injury he has sustained once before.

Sadly it looks like he will be out for the remainder of the season, just as he was coming into form!

We look forward to seeing Jordan around the ground; thanks also to Donna for her support of Jordan late into the evening on Tuesday / early Wednesday…..like me I know you will wish him well & a speedy recovery.