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Danny Kedwell and Myles Weston have until the end of the month to sign new deals at Ebbsfleet United

By Luke Cawdell

Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill has had no official word yet from two of the players who were offered new deals by the club.

Danny Kedwell and Myles Weston have until the end of the month if they want to take up the offers made to them.

A third player who had been offered a deal, Jack Payne, has signed for one of their National League rivals.

Ebbsfleet Forward Danny Kedwell Picture: Andy Jones
Ebbsfleet Forward Danny Kedwell Picture: Andy Jones

Kedwell and Weston will be facing a big loss in earnings if they sign their new deals, but it will be a case of take it or leave it, after the club decided to slash its playing budget for the coming season.

Hill, who has recently added two defenders to next season’s squad, said on Tuesday: “Their contracts terminate at the end of this month and they have up until that time. If they go and sign somewhere else we wish them all the best but those offers will stay on the table until then.

“It is up to those players. They won’t be pushed or chased, it is entirely up to them, it’s their prerogative what they do. It’s a reduced wage, by a considerable amount, to what they used to be on, but that is where the football club are now and that is where we are in respects of going forward.

“The offer has been made to them in writing and that is their decision to make between now and June 30.”

Myles Weston in action for Ebbsfleet United Picture: Andy Jones
Myles Weston in action for Ebbsfleet United Picture: Andy Jones

The club have had no enquiries for their six players already contracted to the club, although Hill admits it is still early days.

He said: “Hopefully whatever we have got here at the club, new or past players, we will have a squad out to be competitive.”

Hill has brought in left-back Aswad Thomas, who joins from National League rivals Sutton after becoming a free agent. His arrival follows that of former Maidenhead defender Ayo Obileye.

Both have the kind of experience Hill is looking for.

New Fleet signing Aswad Thomas with manager Garry Hill
New Fleet signing Aswad Thomas with manager Garry Hill

He said: “To get experienced players in of National League level or above is a big plus for us.

“Our numbers our going to be quite small on squad members, so it will be important for us this season, going forward, that if we can be in a position to get players with National League experience that will be a benefit to the club.”

Hill is in talks with other players and insists there is plenty of time left to put their squad together.

He said: “Myself and Dave Archer (managing director) are working tirelessly on that but of course it is not about how many players we have got signed on in June, or July, we are looking to build for August 3 to get a team out on the park and have a squad of players with the supporters and everyone behind us, to be very competitive.

“We have a lot of rebuilding to do and it is going to take time.”

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