Busy time for Kent clubs
Busy time for Kent clubs

With the 2018/19 season now behind us, Kent’s football clubs are looking ahead to the new season with new signings already being announced.

In the first of a series which will be keeping you up to date with all the transfer activity across the county, we are looking back at the last week of news, deals and announcements.

It has been a busy week in the National League with all three of Kent’s clubs welcoming new players.

The last few days have been bittersweet for Bromley, who said goodbye to Omar Bugiel. The Lebanese striker has since signed for Sutton United.

At the other end of the pitch, the Ravens announced the signing of goalkeeper Mark Cousins from Barnet on Monday.

The 32 year old has also spent time at Dagenham and Redbridge and Colchester United.

Staying in the north of the county, Ebbsfleet United have signed two players this week.

Following a difficult few months, the rebuild has begun at the Kufflink Stadium with Aswad Thomas and Ayo Obileye signing for Garry Hill’s squad.

Obileye is a solid centre back who joined from Maidenhead. He has played at National League level since 2016 when he signed for Eastleigh from Charlton Athletic.

The second of the fleets signings is Aswad Thomas. The left back has signed from Sutton after two years at the club. He has also previously played for Woking, Grimsby, Braintree and Woking.

Another of Thomas’ former clubs, Dover Athletic have been busy this week. They made a trio of new signings with William De Havilland, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Oscar Gobern all making the move to Crabble.

De Havilland comes in from Maidstone, where he activated a relegation release clause in his contract to sign for the whites.

The Gallagher Stadium side are looking to adjust to life in the National League South and announced the signing of Noah Chesmain.

The left back left Colchester United at the end of the 2018/19 season and he will be looking to help the Stones push straight back into the top tier of non league football.

There has also been some good news off the pitch in the county town where the club and Maidstone Borough Council have agreed the sale of a strip of land behind the river side of the Gallagher Stadium. This could set the club up for future developments to the ground.

Another new side to the National League South are Tonbridge Angels, and they are beginning to put a team together ahead of the season.

Liam Smith, a teenage left back has signed on for a third season at the club whilst creative midfielder Tom Beere has also signed a new deal, keeping him at Longmead.

Heading back down the M20, Folkestone Invicta have announced that midfielder Ronnie Dolan has signed a new deal at the club.

Following a number of successful seasons at the club, Dolan will remain part of Neil Cugley’s side for the upcoming season.

Invicta have also lost a player in the form of Danny Walder, who has made the move to Ashford United. Nuts and Bolts gaffer Tommy Warrilow has also brought on Tom O’Connor following their period at Thamesmead Town together.

It has also been a proud week at Hythe Town with defender Mitchell Dickenson travelling to Estonia with the England C squad.

Dickenson started for the national side, who only field non league players, as they lost 2-0 to the Baltic nation’s under 23 side.