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New deals for Shane Huke, Joe Howe, Michael Corcoran and Anthony Cook at Ebbsfleet United

By Steve Tervet

Ebbsfleet United have made their first four signings of the close-season.

Defenders Shane Huke and Joe Howe and midfielders Anthony Cook and Michael Corcoran have all agreed to adopt the Fleet's new three-mornings-a-week training schedule in 2014/15.

They join defender Anthony Acheampong and midfielders Michael West and Daryl McMahon in manager Steve Brown's squad for the forthcoming Conference South season.

Anthony Cook on the run against Basingstoke in last season's league meeting Picture: Andy Payton

News of Cook's new contract will go down particularly well with the Stonebridge Road faithful. The talismanic winger, who joined the Fleet from Chelmsford City last summer, started every single league game, making 53 appearances in all competitions, and scoring 12 goals.

He was voted supporters' player-of-the-year.

Howe, meanwhile, has committed himself to a fifth season with the Fleet.

Full-back Joe Howe gets physical against Gosport Picture: Andy Payton

Brought to the club by Liam Daish in 2010, he was one of four players kept on at the club when Brown took over last summer.

Howe started the season as Brown's first-choice right-back but a groin injury meant he lost his place to Chris Sessegnon between October and February.

But Howe reclaimed his spot for the latter part of the season, making 38 appearances across the campaign. His only goal came in the play-off semi-final first leg win over Bromley.

Shane Huke applauds the fans after the Kent Senior Cup final Picture: Steve Crispe

Huke was another player to have his season interrupted by injury.

Having formed an excellent centre-back partnership with Paul Lorraine at the start of the season, he suffered metatarsal damage in the Fleet's FA Cup tie against Dartford on October 26.

Huke didn't start another game until the final day of the regular season, although he did play in the semi-final second leg and the final, with Osei Sankofa missing out.

Michael Corcoran on the ball against Bath City Picture: Andy Payton

Midfielder Corcoran made 31 appearances last season, although 14 of those came from the bench. He was largely used as an understudy to Dean Rance and Daryl McMahon.

His red card in the abandoned match at Concord Rangers ruled him out of the play-off semi-finals and the Kent Senior Cup final, although he returned from his ban just in time to replace the suspended Rance in the final against his former club Dover.

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