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Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon flies home from holiday to meet a transfer target

By Steve Tervet

Ebbsfleet’s pursuit of new signings saw manager Daryl McMahon fly back from a family holiday to meet a player.

McMahon has been in transfer talks for weeks and that didn’t stop just because he’d left the country.

He was back at Stonebridge Road yesterday (Wednesday) hoping to conclude deals ahead of the Fleet’s pre-season training camp in Portugal at the start of July.

Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon is after three more new signings this summer Picture Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon is after three more new signings this summer Picture: Andy Payton

McMahon said: "I’ve been on the phone all the time.

"I flew back from holiday after four days to meet a player and then flew back out again. I’m very involved in that kind of stuff.

"We’re looking to bring in a high calibre of player so we’re in competition with other clubs.

"But bearing in mind we have already got a very good side, we don’t have to add.

"I read something (Maidstone manager) Jay Saunders said the other day about a lot of players who want big money and they’re not necessarily fantastic players. There’s a lot of that going about at the minute.

"We’re quite happy to wait and get the right player in. My mantra has always been about getting the right people for the football club and we’ll continue to do that."

Danny Kedwell and Aaron McLean are both expected to sign new deals in the next few days, although Sam Deering is set to join Billericay.

Sam Deering has been linked with a move to Billericay Picture Gary Browne

Sam Deering has been linked with a move to Billericay Picture: Gary Browne

McMahon is looking to bring in three more players, which would bring his squad up to 20 ahead of Fleet’s return to the National League.

But he said: "They have to want to come here for a number of reasons.

"You’re going to have players who might have a chance of joining a team at a higher
level. That happens all the time.

"They’ll be waiting to see if somebody from a higher league will offer them a contract. That might come, it might not come, and we’ve got to be patient.

"Everybody wants to play at the highest level they can and we’re in a food chain.

"To get the right people in, sometimes you’ve got to be patient. You can’t jump the gun and bring someone in who’s not better than what you’ve got.

"I want to get someone in that can blend into my group and push my group forward rather than someone who can only be part of the pack."

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