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Player Transfers 2019/20
Ben Swift and Jordy Robins
Margate's first summer business was to re-sign young duo Ben Swift and Jordy Robins. Swift, a young centre half was a solid defender who was voted in the Kent Online team of the season for 2018/19.
Robins, who joined the ‘Gate from Maidstone was also quick to sign on the dotted line this summer with the announcement of Jay Saunders as Manager for the 2019/20 season. The talented centre midfielder became a regular after the appointment of Saunders and penned a new one-year deal in May.
Noel Leighton re-joins Manager Jay Saunders’ squad for the 2019/20 campaign following a successful spell at Hartsdown Park last season. The Striker joined in March after being released by National League Premier side Dagenham & Redbridge and became an instant hit with the supporters.
Adam Ramadan joins Margate having recently achieved promotion to the Vanarama National League South with Kent neighbours, Tonbridge Angels. The pacey winger was vital for Tonbridge in their promotion season chipping in with goals and assists.
Margate Football Club is delighted to unveil the signing of Connor Wilkins. Wilkins joins Hartsdown Park from Bostik South East Division side, Herne Bay. Wilkins reunites with Manager Jay Saunders who coached the 20-year-old midfielder when he was at Maidstone United.
Jonathan Miles joins Margate from National League side Ebbsfleet United having been at Stonebridge Road since 2015. The 26-year-old will be no stranger to Gate supporters having enjoyed a loan period at the club in 2017.
Jack Richards joins the club from Maidstone United having risen through the ranks of The Stones Kent Youth League teams before working with Manager Jay Saunders at the club’s academy. Richards made his debut at The Gallagher as a first-year academy player back in 2015 before departing earlier in the summer.
Jay Porter joined Margate from Bostik League rivals Enfield Town, having enjoyed a spell at AFC Hornchurch and made over 120 appearances for Thamesmead Town.
Defender Dan Johnson arrives at Hartsdown Park from Dartford FC. The capped England C footballer can play across the back four and with National League pedigree should be an exciting prospect for Margate supporters.
Manager Jay Saunders was able to seal the signature of right-back Michael Abnett from play-off finalists Mestham. Abnett was hotly pursued by a number of rival BetVictor Isthmian League sides but committed his future to Margate.
The experienced goalkeeper has been added to Jay Saunders' squad and staff. Having played and managed at Hartsdown Park previously, news of Holloway's return was greeted with delight by Margate fans. Holloway is set to play an influential role alongside Saunders whilst supplying back-up and support for Jonathan Miles.
Centre-forward Oyenuga adds exciting firepower to Margate's attacking arsenal having signed for the club from Welling United. Pacey and full of trickery, Oyenuga has the potential to become a firm favourite amongst the fanbase at Margate.
Rory Head is another player recruited by The Gate via last month's Open Trial. Head recently returned from a scholarship in the United States and can play in a number of roles including centre midfield and centre half.
Majoyebe joins HDP having been involved with Chatham FC last season. The tall, imposing centre-back adds a further physical presence to Margate's back-line and is another exciting, young prospect amongst the group of players Jay Saunders has assembled.
Hatfull is an exciting young, right-back who offers Manager Jay Saunders plenty of options with his versatility. Hatfull has played in the Kent League and was formerly with local sides Sittingbourne FC and K Sports FC.
Jeffrey joins Margate from SECFL side K Sports FC. The 18-year-old striker attended the club's Open Trial and was offered a contract following a string of impressive displays during Margate's pre-season fixtures.
Thursday, 13 June 2019
By Charlotte Richardson