News from the dugout
28 June 2014
By Tom Reeves
Ray Turner reveals current pre-season squad
Faversham manager Ray Turner has revealed his current thoughts on what will be his squad for pre-season.
" I am delighted to today confirm that midfielder George Monger has signed from Dartford and Dean Grant has returned from Herne Bay for the forthcoming season," he said.
" These players will be joining last season's first team squad, new players and a very talented group of young players looking to break into that squad and represent the club at under-21 level for the season ahead."
Below is the current playing squad.
Goalkeepers - Simon Overland, Rob French, Wes Miller and Tom Benham.
Defenders - Matt Bourne, John Scarborough, Jordan Miller, Jamie Maxted, Aidan Sherlock, Ashley Brown, Freeman Rogers, Ryan Cheek, Connor Partridge, Dan Carrington and Brad Wilkins.
Midfielders - Wayne Wilson, Darren Marsden, George Monger, Sam Bewick, Dave Botterill, Dan King, Josh Algar, Harry Priddle, Ryan Perkins, Connor Weatherall, Taiwo Mosaku, Josh Holness and Liam Mayell.
Forwards - Luke Harvey, Dean Grant, Renford Tenyue, Kieran Oliver, Brad Webb, Travis Jackson, Liam Stone, Danny Hockton (player-coach) and Sam Davies.
Turner added: " I can also confirm that I am current tracking 3 players from higher level football, who will add the gloss to an already strong and competitive squad.
"I may have to be patient with those deals, which are likely to happen later in the pre-season schedule."
Profiles of new faces at the Shepherd Neame Stadium
Rob French – Technically, not a new face. Rob returns to Faversham Town following spells with Kent rivals Whitstable Town, Herne Bay and Folkestone Invicta since he left the Lilywhites in 2012.
Tom Benham – Like fellow young keeper Wes Miller, Tom is still to turn 18 years old. Both are exciting prospects for the future.
Jordan Miller- Jordan is a centre-back but also is capable of playing right-back. He was a regular during Ashford Town’s Southern Counties East Football League title push in the 2013/14 season. He has also played for Deal Town and Lydd Town.
Freeman Rogers – Right-back Freeman joins from Dartford, where he was a member of the team that faced Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup third round.
Ryan Cheek – Ryan (or “cheeko”), who has just turned 18, is a pro soccer academy scholar. He was invited on a trial to, now Championship side, Brentford in 2013.
Connor Partridge – Connor played for Herne Bay's under-21s in the 2013/14 season and started for the Bay first-team in a 2-1 home defeat to eventual champions Peacehaven & Telscombe in April 2014.
Dan Carrington – Dan Carrington joins Town after a six-year affiliation with Ebbsfleet United.
Brad Wilkins- 18-year-old Brad is another defender, who will help add depth to the squad. He will hope to make an impact in pre-season.
George Monger - George played for Dartford's first-team in the 2013/14 season after being captain of the academy the campaign before. He scored in a Conference Premier 4-3 win over Hyde in October 2013.
Sam Bewick - Sam joined from Hythe Town ahead of the 2014/15 season after recovering from a long-term knee injury.
Josh Algar – Having been on trial with Arsenal, Josh signed for Leyton Orient in 2011. However, he moved back into football in Kent in 2013/14 and played for the Maidstone United academy.
Harry Priddle – Midfielder Harry played for, and also captained, Margate’s under-18s in the 2013/14 season.
Ryan Perkins – Ryan is another pro soccer academy scholar. The 18-year-old midfielder is also an academy coach.
Connor Weatherall – Connor is another talented midfielder and will hope to make an impact during pre-season.
Josh Holness – Winger Josh moves up from the Faversham Town under-18 team, where he was second top scorer with six goals last season.
Liam Mayell – Liam is also part of the pro soccer academy. In 2011, Liam was invited for a six-week trial with Gillingham. He played for Maidstone United’s under-18s in the 2013/14 campaign.
Dean Grant - Dean re-joins Faversham from Herne Bay. His previous spell with the club came in 2011.
Brad Webb – Brad was part of the Maidstone United academy for the 2013/14 campaign. The pick of the games for the striker came when he scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory against Thamesmead Town.
Travis Jackson – Travis is also part of the pro soccer academy. He played for Margate’s under-18s last season.
Sam Davies – Sam, who has also only recently turned 18, made his debut for Margate away to East Thurrock United in April 2014.