Published: 00:00, 18 July 2019
| Updated: 07:55, 18 July 2019
Garry Hill says goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore is totally committed to Ebbsfleet United this season.
Ashmore, who joined the club in 2016, was one of the six players made available for a free transfer in May.
He saw team-mates Corey Whitely and Ebou Adams get moves into the EFL but no other deals were done.
Ashmore has been ever-present in pre-season and looks set to start the National League campaign as Fleet’s No.1 again.
Hill said: “On his day, the goalkeeper’s as good as any in the league. He’s totally with me and he’s totally with the club.
“There was a question, where a lot’s gone on and he felt that he was a little bit mixed-up but he’s given me and the football club every opportunity to build for the new season.
“He’s been absolutely superb in pre-season. He’s got his head down and he’s been different class. He’s one player, ability-wise, that you look at and turn round and say to yourself, going forward, it’s a specialist position, the goalkeeper.”
He added: “We’ve got new staff and he’s working very well with the goalkeeping coach, Andy Little, who we’ve fetched to the club. We’ve got a new physio at the club in Calum Green, who’s been received very well, so it’s been a big transition.”
The arrival of midfielders James Ball and John Goddard this week means Ebbsfleet now have 12 players signed up for the new season.
Ball was playing in League 2 for Stevenage last season while Goddard’s form under Hill at Woking earned him a move into League 1 with Swindon.
The manager still wants to bring in three or four more additions and won’t get a summer holiday this year.
Hill said: “I’m a little bit envious because the family are going away in the next couple of weeks but that’s life. I can’t do much about that.
“I would never say ‘football in front of family’ but I’ve got a relationship where my family understood the football was very important for me if I stayed at this football club going forward with Ian Hendon, with Dave Archer and other people, that it was going to be a big summer.
“We’ve shown our loyalty. We’ve been told what direction the boss wants to take it, we’ve backed him, we’re backing him and he’s backing us.
“Over the next week, we’ll announce a new team captain, a vice-captain and a club captain.
“People who walked away from here on Tuesday night would be very encouraged about the freshness around the football club on and off the pitch.”
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