News from the dugout

 26 November 2014

By Tom Reeves

Farewell message from Luke Harvey

"I'd just like to thank Ray Turner and Clive Walker for the faith they showed in me when they signed me from Herne Bay!

I like to think I repaid their faith with my performances over the last two and a half seasons. It's been a pleasure to play for them and my team mates in that period.

Also, I’d like to say a massive thank you to the fans. They have made me very welcome from the very start to the very end.

It was great to have such a good send off after the game and I hope they get the promotion, the fans deserve!

Lastly, a thank you to the committee, Wendy Walker, Sid Medley, Tommy Sampson and the Chairman Ray Leader and everyone else that keeps the club ticking.

It's a very well run club that deserves every success!

The chairman is someone I hold great respect for. Ray and his son Marc told me last night that, over all the years that they've been at the club, I’ll be the one he misses most on and off the pitch! For me, that meant an awful lot and I was very touched.

Thanks again,

Best wishes for the season and the future.

Luke Harvey."

Ray Turner confirms Luke Harvey’s impending exit

 Faversham Town boss Ray Turner has confirmed striker Luke Harvey will leave the club following this Saturday’s top-of-the-table game with Folkestone Invicta.

Harvey, 28, has been the Lilywhites top goal scorer in the past two seasons.

However, the frontman has struggled for form and fitness in the 2014/15 season.

He went on dual-registration to play for Woodstock Sports in a bid to regain match fitness.

But, the 28-year-old has struggled to get back in the starting line-up, such is the wealth of attacking options at Turner’s disposal.

“I would just like to confirm that Luke Harvey will leave us after Saturday’s game against Folkestone,” said Turner.

“I would like to pay tribute to the man. Luke has been my leading goal scorer for the last two seasons and has played a major role in one of the club’s most progressive and successful periods.

“He has represented the club in an exemplary manner on and off the pitch, his honesty and integrity set him apart from many players.”

The Faversham manager continued, “It is the worst part of a manager’s job, where decisions ultimately lead to players seeking regular football elsewhere.

“I fully respect his reasons for leaving, as I know he respects my decisions regarding the team and its progression.

“He will be a major asset for his next club and will no doubt cause us problems when we play against him. But, we are both happy in the way it has been handled and I would like to finish by wishing him and his family all the best.

“They will be welcome at Faversham anytime.”

Meanwhile, coming into the club will be highly-rated, young midfielder Charley Robertson, who will join on loan from Maidstone United for one month.

Robertson, 18, was a regular for the Stones last term and quickly became a fans favourite.

Though, the 18-year-old – in similar circumstances to Harvey – has struggled for regular game time this season and has largely been restricted to playing in Maidstone’s Ryman League, Robert Dyas Cup and Kent Senior Cup runs.

His most recent appearance came on Tuesday (yesterday), as he was involved in four of the six goals in the Ryman Premier League outfit’s 6-0 thrashing of Herne Bay.

Robertson has already been loaned to fellow Ryman South outfit Folkestone Invicta this campaign. But, Stones boss Jay Saunders was unhappy with the lack of match action he received on loan and Invicta manager Neil Cugley confessed the move didn’t work.

Ironically, the 18-year-old’s Town debut is likely to come against Folkestone on Saturday.

He will join old Maidstone United teammate Jack Harris in the Faversham squad.

On the loan move for Robertson, Turner enthused “Charley is super talented!

“He has impressed me every time I have watched him and I know Maidstone have high hopes for him.”

“Now is the right time to bring him in,” explained the Lilywhites boss.

“We need to try and get Josh Stanford back to full fitness, which may take a couple of weeks – and with Luke leaving – I felt it was important to maintain as many attacking options as I can, as we attempt to stay top of the table.

“Charley will come straight into the squad against Folkestone and I very much look forward to working with him.”

26.11.14 - Ray Turner confirms Luke Harvey's impending exit.

12.11.14 - Faversham Town sign Jack Harris again, while Darren Marsden is released.

11.09.14 - Faversham extend Harris loan.

18.08.14 - Faversham sign former Tunbridge Wells duo.

28.06.14 - Ray Turner reveals current pre-season squad.

28.05.14 - Two in, two out as Faversham make first transfers.

 21.03.14 - Update.

15.02.14 - Jack Harris signs on loan.

 22.01.14 - Ollie Bankole loan extended.

 09.12.13 - Wayne Wilson returns to Margate.

 06.11.13 - Tommy Sampson interview.

 24.10.13 - Jenner injury and donations.

 04.10.13 - Bill French signs in short-term deal.