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Sittingbourne boss Nick Davis discusses new arrivals including former Dagenham and Ebbsfleet player Bagasan Graham

Sittingbourne boss Nick Davis has pulled off the eye-catching signing of Bagasan Graham.

Graham, 29, joins from Billericay after a career that’s included a spell in the Football League with Cheltenham and stints with the likes of Dagenham and Ebbsfleet in the upper echelons of non-league.

Bagasan Graham in pre-season action for Dartford against Charlton last summer Picture: Keith Gillard
Bagasan Graham in pre-season action for Dartford against Charlton last summer Picture: Keith Gillard

He’ll be an asset for the Brickies down the left-hand side after accepting a new challenge in Isthmian South East.

Sittingbourne have also brought defender Ben Gorham back to the club - he captained both the Brickies and VCD under the management of Davis - while midfielder Harry Harding is on board after leaving Swale rivals Faversham.

Another new arrival has since been announced in former Cheltenham and Hemel Hempstead winger Alex Addai.

On Graham, Davis said: “He’s a fantastic addition. He’s been a regular at Step 2 and even Step 1 and he’s my type of player.

“He’s got a lot of pace, he’s very direct, he’s left-footed, he can play anywhere down the left side or even up front.

“He’s an absolutely phenomenal athlete, 6ft 3in, he’s a good lad and he’ll work hard as well.

“He gives us a lot of options, although I prefer him in a more advanced position.

“We just the sold the club to him the best we could.

“A lot’s changed here, it’s a good time to be at Sittingbourne, he wanted a new challenge and he’s bought into that.”

Centre-back Gorham is a favourite of Davis and will slot straight into the Brickies backline.

The manager hasn’t announced any decisions on captaincy - Kane Rowland had the armband this season - but Davis is packing the side with leaders, with Gorham, Harding and new goalkeeper Matt Cafer all captaining their previous clubs.

“I think Ben’s captained every side he’s been at,” said Davis. “He’s experienced but he’s still a good age and he’s a good lad.

“He captained the side here before in 2017-18 and he made a difference when we brought him in at VCD.

“He’s a leader and we’ve brought in a few of those.”

Harding was one of a number of players to leave Faversham at the end of the season.

He’s a player Davis has liked for some time and he’s delighted to get him to Woodstock.

“He’s a good player who can play in a number of positions,” said Davis.

“I prefer him further up the pitch as much as we can but he was used in a number of positions at Faversham.

“His versatility is beneficial to a manager although, for a player, you probably want a bit of consistency in where you’re playing.”

Former Gillingham youngsters Jimmy Witt and Harrison Pont are staying on at Sittingbourne, while further signings are expected in the coming days.

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