Published: 06:00, 09 February 2021
Ebbsfleet youngster Harrison Firth has signed first-team forms following an injury to Tom Hadler.
The 17-year-old Academy keeper has featured in recent first-team friendlies against Dorking Wanderers and a QPR XI.
With former Gillingham keeper Hadler ruled out by a knee injury, Firth will provide short-term cover for Jordan Holmes.
Firth made his Fleet debut last season when he played in the Kent Senior Cup.
Speaking after his appearance against Dorking Wanderers, Firth said: “I’ve been in training so have got to know the lads. It helps me massively, the experience with Jordan Holmes there as well, talking me through it, it’s been really good and everyone’s really helped me out.”
Fleet’s Academy manager Daniel Gill added: “This is a great reward for the dedication and hard work that Harrison’s put in. It’s fantastic for the other lads to see as well, one of their own making a step up and making that sort of progress.”
Firth will be in the squad on Tuesday night when Fleet will hope to return to National League South action.
Ebbsfleet are now due to host Hampton instead of Slough, who have decided not to play at the current time.
A Fleet statement said: “The Kuflink Stadium pitch is currently covered to protect from the freezing temperatures and those covers will be removed at 1pm on Tuesday to allow us to make a more informed call on the pitch playability.
“As it stands, however, both ourselves and Hampton are committed to getting this fixture on, with plenty of hard work by Fleet’s backroom staff being undertaken to prepare for matchday as usual.
“The Fleet would like to thank the National League and Hampton & Richmond Borough for moving quickly in rearranging this match so that both sets of supporters may enjoy watching their clubs once more after the recent fixture suspensions.”