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Former AFC Wimbledon striker Charlie Sheringham explains why he chose Ebbsfleet United over Dartford

By Steve Tervet
Charlie Sheringham

Charlie Sheringham has spoken out about his decision to turn down Dartford and sign instead for Ebbsfleet this week.

The 26-year-old, having been released by AFC Wimbledon, signed a two-year contract with the Fleet on Monday.

Sheringham could have played Conference Premier football with the Darts next season, but full-time training with Ebbsfleet was too good for the striker to turn down.

He said: "I did have a couple of options and I was tempted to go back to Dartford.

"I enjoyed it there and love the club, but with the fact they’re still part-time, I just thought I’d be a better player if I was training and practising full-time because I’m still learning.

Charlie Sheringham in action during his loan spell at Dartford Picture: Andy Payton

"The Dartford boys are still working full-time and training around that. I’ve been there – I used to work full-time as well – and it’s tough. I’ve got my football head on now and want to progress.

"It’s been a summer of thinking for me. I went on loan to Salisbury (in March) and did quite well there.

"I went back to Wimbledon and didn’t get offered a new contract, so I spoke to a few people over the summer. I wanted to stay in London and stay training full-time, so Ebbsfleet seemed like the right move.

"Where the club aims to be going, and how professional it is, they’ve got high hopes for the future. I want to get a full season under my belt and help Ebbsfleet fulfil their potential."

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