Mid June Manager’s Update

Here is the latest news from the manager, Lloyd Blackman.

“I hope you are all enjoying the summer break and the football free weekends. If you’re like me then I’m sure you’ll be itching for things to restart again. It’s always nice to have some time off to recharge the batteries, especially the players as they’re no doubt preparing for the return to pre-season.

I and my staff have been working extremely hard to get everything in place ready for our return in July. I know the club too have been extremely busy behind the scenes and to hear the fantastic news regarding the transfer of the club to a limited company shows we are really moving in the right direction. A big well done to everyone involved. I know it’s been a very time consuming period.

Our pre-season games are pretty much complete although I am hopeful, having been in contact with a previous manager working in the football league, that we can arrange one more. A tough game against league champions Cray Wanderers kicks off our home games, so it would be great to see as many faces as possible here at the Belmont. Further games follow against Bostik premier opposition Folkestone and then Margate, which will be played for the Bruce Smith Shield. We also have home games arranged against Beckenham and a Bromley XI and we will keep you guys posted if anything is added to the schedule.

More good news is that we’ve been able to reach agreements with fans’ favourite Ricky Freeman and forward Marcus Elliott.

Marcus joins us from Lewes FC after spending most of last season on loan at East Grinstead. He’s a proven goal scorer and I’m delighted to acquire his services knowing there were some clubs in higher divisions after him. Conversations I’ve had with Marcus have been extremely positive and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

When I came in for the last three games of the season to oversee the change with Scott Porter, Ricky Freeman was one of the players that really stood out for me. Therefore I’m delighted to have him agreed for this season. Ricky had a disrupted campaign last season due to injury, however he ticks all the boxes and his character and experience are second to none. With a good pre-season under his belt, I look forward to seeing Ricky at his best.

As you guys have probably read, first team coach Darren Anslow has taken the vacant position as manager of Lordswood FC. It was too good an opportunity for Darren to turn down and he had the burning desire to manage again.

We also say goodbye to physio Sam Clark-Keen who has moved to Hollands and Blair with former manager Simon Halsey.

Jordan Wright too has left the club to join Canterbury City. Unfortunately we were just unable to agree terms, but these things happen in football. An ever present last year and Canterbury have signed a top player.

I’d like to place on record our thanks to them all for all their hard work during their time here and everyone at Whitstable Town wishes them all the very best for the future.

By early next week I should hope to have news confirming a new physio, so again will keep you posted.

In the meantime myself, Laney and Muzza will continue to do all we can to be ready for our return to pre-season in July. It’s been a very busy period but I’m extremely pleased with the squad we are assembling. I hope the boys enjoy the next few weeks off before we get back to business.”

Up the oysters,