Ebbsfleet boss Garry Hill has put the hours in this week and was pleased to land Ayo Obileye’s signature after the central defender impressed in the season just gone at Maidenhead United. And the Fleet manager knows this is just the start of a long two months before the 2019/20 campaign kicks-off.
“It’s nice to add a new player to the squad today,” Hill told the club website. “I do believe that when players see those of experience at National League level signing for the football club, that can be a big benefit, an enticement for other players to join.”
‘Selling’ that enticement is all part and parcel of the challenge the Fleet manager faces this summer and he’s fully aware of the assurances he needs to give to potential new recruits.
“You’ve got to sell the club to people again,” he conceded. “I think anybody who knows me in football in any capacity knows that I’m down the line, I’m straight-talking and I’ll say it honestly. I think selling the club to potential players is a massive part of our recruitment this summer. But I do believe there’s value in me straight talking, the same way Dave Archer is with me, that if everything off the pitch in those other areas moves in the direction we’re hoping it will, then we want to bring the club and the supporters with us and get everyone behind us again.”