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Herne Bay joint-manager John Embery says FA should punish clubs who make illegal approaches to players

John Embery is calling for the Football Association to take action against clubs who tap up players.

The Herne Bay joint-boss alleges four of his new-look squad have been the subject of illegal approaches recently.

Embery, in charge for the first time with Jermaine Darlington when Bay host Lewes in their Bostik South opener on Saturday, said: “All clubs do it and the FA and the Leagues have got to do something and impose fines if cases are proven.

Herne Bay joint-manager John Embery
Herne Bay joint-manager John Embery

“It’s unfair and unsettles players if clubs throw money at them. The problem is they are so accessible these days because of mobile phones, twitter and facebook and it’s so easy to get a phone number.

“Some of the boys have been with us for five years, they trust me and Jermaine and tell us when they are approached.”

Bay secretary John Bathurst added: “We will report clubs if it happens.

“We are trying to build a new squad. These boys are good young players, other clubs know about them and offer a bit of money to go elsewhere but at the moment they are staying loyal.”

Goalkeeper Ben Hunter has been confirmed as Bay’s latest signing. The 6ft 7in No.1 hails from Ossett in West Yorkshire and joins Bay after moving South due to work commitments.
He has had spells with several Evo Stik Premier Division clubs.

Former Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Tyler McCarthy is also on Bay’s books, while Rob Budd has had the cast removed on his broken hand and could be a month away from a return.

Embery was pleased with the 5-1 win over Cheshunt in the final pre-season friendly.
He said: “It was the strongest side we have fielded and we gave them a bit of a hiding.
“We looked good and things are shaping nicely.”

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