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Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley makes Whitstable Town defender Jake Beecroft his second signing

Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley
Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley

Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley has continued his summer transfer activity by snapping up defender Jake Beecroft.

The 23-year-old defender has moved from Ryman League Division 1 South rivals Whitstable with boss Nicky Southall admitting he was very disappointed with the player’s departure.

Beecroft played 30 games in the Conference Premier Division for Rushden & Diamonds before they folded three seasons ago, linking up with the Angels.

His move reunites him with Invicta scout Justin Luchford, who signed him when in charge at Whitstable two years ago.

Cugley said: “I’d seen him several times and knew he was a good player. He’s what I call a proper footballer.”

Invicta have won the Divisional Fair Play Award for the second successive year.

They received 40 yellow cards, and two reds, accumulating 180 points, 30 less than runners-up Crawley Down Gatwick.

Meanwhile Commercial Consultant Cliff Egan says the club are “days away” from announcing a sponsorship deal, regarding the naming of the ground, while the stand on the Cheriton Road ground is also set to have a new title.

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