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Ebbsfleet United defender Anthony Acheampong sees real potential at Stonebridge Road after signing from Skrill Premier Barnet

Anthony Acheampong pictured in his Welling United days
Anthony Acheampong pictured in his Welling United days

England C defender Anthony Acheampong has explained why he left Barnet and dropped a division to sign for Ebbsfleet on transfer deadline day.

Acheampong, 23, finally completed his move to Stonebridge Road for an undisclosed fee late on Friday night after weeks of negotiations between the clubs.

Edgar Davids’ resignation as Bees head coach complicated matters, with Acheampong’s future at the Skrill Premier club thrown into further doubt by the change of management.

But the former Welling man watched his new side draw 1-1 with Weston-super-Mare on Saturday before making his debut in Monday’s 2-1 win at Chelmsford.

Acheampong said: "I’m relieved to get back playing. I want to show everyone what I can do. It did drag, it did take a long time but I’m happy that it’s done now.

"I know the club are ambitious. People might not see what’s going on behind the scenes but I know a lot more than others.

"People might be surprised at me dropping a level to play but I believe in this club, I believe in what they’ve got to do and where we’re going to go. There’s real potential and the management had a big part to play in me coming here.

"I’m looking forward to working with Steve Brown because he’s played in my position. He’s played at the highest level (for Charlton) and I know I can learn a lot from him."

Read the full interview in the Gravesend Messenger.

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