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Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill authorised to strengthen his squad

By Steve Tervet

Ebbsfleet manager Garry Hill has been given the green light to make new signings.

Hill made it through Christmas and the New Year with just 17 fit players as Fleet picked up 10 out of a possible 12 points.

Five players have left the club since October but now chairman Dr Abdulla al-Humaidi has made funds available to strengthen the squad.

Ebbsfleet United manager Garry Hill Picture: Sean Aidan
Ebbsfleet United manager Garry Hill Picture: Sean Aidan

Hill had always said things would be assessed after the trip to Chesterfield on January 5 – and now they have.

He said: “I was given the backing on Monday to fetch one or two additions to the club if we feel they’re the right players in the right positions on the right money.

“A great deal has happened, on and off the field, in two months. It’s not hard to work out, on and off the pitch, which direction the club is going in.

“The right players are very hard to find and they’ve got to be on the right numbers financially. There’s no secret about that.

“The owner wants the club to be run in a more sensible fashion on and off the pitch and that’s why, figures-wise, I’m working very closely with (managing director) Dave Archer, (assistant manager) Ian Hendon and (secretary) Peter Danzey, taking the football club forward in the right way, living with self-sufficient means.”

Ebbsfleet have won six of their 10 league games since Hill’s appointment in November, drawing three and losing just one.

They remain the National League’s form team, having climbed into play-off contention with a superb run over the last two months.

Hill said: “That is some turnaround, to be 17th in the league one minute, four points off the bottom four, and now be within two places of the top seven with one league defeat in 10 games.

“We’ve taken 17 points out of 24 so we’ve put ourselves in a position where we’ve got something to look forward to with excitement in the last 17 games of the season, even a chance of making the play-offs.

“When I came to the club, they’d taken 23 points from 19 games and we’ve taken 21 points from 10 games.

“We’ve reduced players and staff in a new structure but everyone is working closely together to put the club in a healthy position.

“These players have really excelled for me. Five or six of them weren’t involved before so they’re like new signings.

“Lawrie Wilson, Jack King, Andy Drury, Cody McDonald and Bagasan Graham have now got themselves up to a level of match fitness to be competitive for their places in the second half of the season.”

Advance tickets are now on sale for Ebbsfleet’s next game at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday, January 19.

Pick up yours from the main reception at Stonebridge Road from 9am-5pm on weekdays.

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