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Sheppey United add to their squad with the signings of Michael Freiter and Helge Orome and both score in win over Rochester United


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Sheppey United have shown they mean business with their last two signings.

The Ites are unbeaten in their opening seven Southern Counties East Premier Division fixtures but the management aren’t just focusing on results.

New signing Helge Orome in action for Sheppey against Rochester United Picture: Marc Richards (51485939)
New signing Helge Orome in action for Sheppey against Rochester United Picture: Marc Richards (51485939)

Mike Freiter has now been joined by Helge Orome to give the side the extra creative ingredient they need.

Both new arrivals were involved as Sheppey eased past Rochester 4-1 in the Kent Senior Trophy preliminary round last Saturday.

Assistant boss Marcel Nimani said: “Although we have been getting the wins, even in wins you can find ways you need to improve and we identified a few areas.

“The moment we identify an area where we need to improve on, Ernie (Batten, the manager) and myself work very hard in finding the solutions to the problems we spot, we certainly don’t leave anything down to luck.

“Our ambition for the last three years are that we are here to compete for the league and nothing that is second best suits us.

“We wanted to add a bit more creativity and we felt with Helge and Mike Freiter, they both bring us what we were after.”

Jefferson Aibangbee scores Sheppey's fourth against Rochester United Picture: Marc Richards (51485936)
Jefferson Aibangbee scores Sheppey's fourth against Rochester United Picture: Marc Richards (51485936)

Orome - who has played under-21 football for the Ivory Coast - was with Sheppey during their spring pre-season tournament against fellow SCEFL sides. The player decided to move to Glebe for the start of the campaign where he was installed as captain but when that didn’t work out, he was quick to return to Holm Park.

“It is a complement to our set-up to have Helge come back to us,” said Nimani.

“He wasn’t able to agree first time around due to certain circumstances. He enjoyed his time with us and the next time the opportunity came around he took it and came straight back.

“I don’t know how he fitted in their plans but he definitely fits in our plans. He is a good lad, a great addition to us on the playing field and the changing room.”

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