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Isthmian League side Ramsgate bring in Ben Wilson and Ryan Johnson while youngster Riley Twyman is promoted to Matt Longhurst's first team squad

It’s been a busy few weeks for Ramsgate Football Club as they build for a new season.

There are new faces in the squad, a new coach and a promising youngster that have all agreed to join Matt Longhurst's team ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Riley Twyman has been promoted to the first team at Ramsgate Picture: www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk/ (37066338)
Riley Twyman has been promoted to the first team at Ramsgate Picture: www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk/ (37066338)

One player who could be making his debut for the club next season has been with them since the age of five.

Sixteen-year-old attacking midfielder Riley Twyman has been promoted to the first team squad ahead of pre-season.

Longhurst, meanwhile, has also been strengthening his back-room team.

Kieran Gooding has joined as goalkeeping coach having worked in that department last season with Hemel Hempstead, in an assistant role.

“Kieron will be a valuable asset to this club.” Longhurst said.

He will also coach goalkeepers in the development centre and the youth team.

Gooding said: “After speaking with Matt a few times, I know his plans for the club and it’s development and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

The club recently also announced a couple of additions to their squad.

Ben Wilson in action for Ashford United Picture: Gary Browne
Ben Wilson in action for Ashford United Picture: Gary Browne

Versatile defender Ben Wilson, 26, arrives from Ashford United having previously played under Longhurst at Corinthian, Erith & Belvedere and East Grinstead.

“It’s another great signing for the club,” Longhurst commented.

The manager added: “He’s good on the ball and had a good campaign with Ashford United last season as well.

“I believe he’s a perfect fit for us.”

He’ll be joined at the back next season by Ryan Johnson, who was with National League South side Maidstone United last season, making 28 appearances for them.

The 33-year-old has also previously worked under Longhurst and brings plenty of experience to the squad, having also appeared for Welling and Boreham Wood.

Longhurst said: “To be able to bring somebody of his calibre to this football club is a huge coup for us and he’ll certainly enhance our chances for what we want to achieve.”

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