Margate competitive despite departures
THE PLAYING squad at Margate has been reduced again after the club announced that two more players have left the club.
Goalkeeper Simon Overland has rejoined former club Faversham Town - as has midfielder Aiden Sherlock - both following in the footsteps of Aussie midfielder Wayne Wilson up the M2.
Overland had been expected to compete with new signing Craig Holloway for the number one jersey but has decided to head back to Faversham after joining Margate only a year ago, paving the way for Holloway to be Gate's new man between the sticks.
Sherlock started the season on a dual registration with Kent Premier League side Sevenoaks Town, before returning to the Hartsdown squad and making seven substitute appearances this season for Margate.
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Overland missed the start of the season due to an injury picked up in pre-season, but quickly established himself as the club's number one, making 41 appearances last term.
There have been no new additions since Holloway signed for Gate but manager Chris Kinnear is pleased with the progress he is making in putting together a competitive squad for the coming season.
He said: "It's a bit easier (this season), there are more players about," he said.
"I think people know that Jake(Leberl) and I are here to do well and based on the conversations I've had I think we'll be able to attract good quality players to the club."
The Gate boss also said he expects to make further signings over the next few weeks and is earmarking the first week of July to start training.
He added: "I am planning for the right balance of training and pre-season games so we start the new season in the right shape."