Published: 06:00, 29 November 2019
Herne Bay have brought in Callum Adonis-Taylor to bolster their defensive options.
The 19-year-old joins from Hythe Town and is the latest young player who boss Ben Smith hopes will add quality and energy to his squad.
Adonis-Taylor can play anywhere across the backline and could make his debut this Saturday when Bay host third-placed Sevenoaks Town.
Smith tried to lure the defender to his club earlier this season, but was knocked back by the player after putting in a seven-day approach.
However he’s had a change of heart six weeks later.
Smith said: “Callum decided to stay when we put in an approach a month and a half ago, but he’s come in now and as he’s been playing games for Hythe fitness is not an issue.
“He gives us youth and energy and options at the back.
“He can play anywhere across the back four and at 19 he is another who fits the mould, like our previous two signings Bradley Stevenson and Tom Carlton.
“They are all young and they have potential.”
Adonis-Taylor spent time on loan with Herne Bay last season having previously been with Tonbridge Angels.
Smith added: “The fans liked him before, they are familiar with him and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.”
Smith’s side should be fresh for the challenge this weekend, having been without a game last week.
He gave them Saturday off as the wet weather made training tricky but hoped to have them in for a rare session this week.
He said: “We have been playing Saturday-Tuesday football for four or five weeks and it will be good to work with them.
“Some of our more recent signings have yet to have a session and it will be good to go through some set pieces. It’s a chance to work on a few things with them.”
Smith will be without key players Stevenson and Tushaun-Tyreese Walters for the visit of Sevenoaks. Both miss out through suspension.
Bay have games against other top sides in the coming weeks, like VCD and Hastings, but Smith says he doesn’t fear anyone.
He said: “I am not looking at these teams thinking ‘oh my God’ because I think we are more than a match for them.
“People say VCD are promotion candidates and what a season they are having, but if we win our game in hand we are just two points behind them.
“We haven’t shown the full potential of what we can be but hopefully we can show how good we can be.”
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