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Margate secretary Ken Tomlinson has today confirmed that Blue Square Southern newcomers Bromley have placed an undisclosed bid for their want-away striker Danny Hockton, writes Stephen McCartney.


Hockton, 28, who scored 40 goals for the Thanet side last season, had submitted a transfer request despite being halfway through a two-year contract, as he no longer wants to play Ryman Premier League football.


But Mr Tomlinson is confident that the striker will not sign for league rivals AFC Wimbledon.


He told www.kentishfootball.co.uk tonight: “He won’t sign for a club in our division - he wants to further his career.”


Meanwhile, two players that have been released by manager Robin Trott, have found themselves new clubs.


Six foot four defender, James Donovan, 22, declined a move to Folkestone Invicta to sign for Tonbridge Angels, whilst Tottenham resident Paul Abbott has become Billericay Town’s first summer transfer.


The secretary also confirmed that goalkeeper Charlie Mitten, wing-back Greg Oates, star midfielder Lee Protherhoe, and Danny Whisker have all been released.


Margate have confirmed four pre-season friendlies; with Grays Athletic (21st July) and Dover Athletic (4th August) visiting Hartsdown Park, before the club travel to Sittingbourne (7th August) and Ryman League newcomers Whitstable Town (11th August).


Ramsgate boss Jim Ward is preparing his squad for their second campaign in the Ryman Premier League.


Former striker Steffan Ball has returned to Southwood Stadium after missing last season due to his jet-setting, and Scott Holden, who started last season with Thanet rivals Margate, has signed for the club.


And Ward has challenged players who went on loan last season to return and stake their claim in his side next season.


“Obviously over the last few weeks we have been trying to build a new squad for next season - a never ending saga,” Ward told www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk.


“I’ve been helped by the emergence of Dan Tanner and Andy Hadden, who did themselves no harm by their performances near the end of the season.


“The return of Steffan Ball is great, and the signing of what in my opinion is one of the best local players, Scott Holden, is a plus.


“It is interesting to see how Shane Suter and Gavin Schulz do after their loan periods at Chatham.


“Lee Minshull is a classic example. When he returned from Deal after getting some games under his belt and returned to the club a different player.


“I’m currently in negotiations with four experienced players and if I can sign two of them, I’ll be more than delightful.


“Old news now but despite rumours, I never did apply for the Dover or any other job - as far as I’m concerned, I’m the manager of Ramsgate Football Club until someone tells me different.


“We’ve left ourselves plenty of room to improve on last year’s league position this season.


“Many people would say that 9th was a creditable finish and of course it is the highest position that the club has ever finished in, but as far as Danny (Ward) and myself are concerned, we’ll be chasing the eight positions above that, as well as all the other teams in the league.


“I feel that to be more successful next year everybody at the club, but especially the players, have to give a further 10%.


“From the players of course, this will come in the form of fitness but on that front the players all realise this as well and are looking forward to the challenge.”



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Particularly disappointed that Protheroe going-verstile-could play midfield or right back.

We probably owe staying in Ryman at end of 2006 season to him joining;and whilst i have not checked the facts; i believe our strongest league run-at start of season-coincided with the period when Protheroe was captain.Bit of a fall-out-did'nt he then miss the away game at Billericay-we lose a 2-goal lead,get defeated and and miss out on play-offs.Had we held on to our lead that night, we would have finished ahead of Billericay.

Whoever gets Protheroe will get a good player under the right manager.

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I should stress that it was not intended to be a negative post re:RT.

I really wish him well,and management can be difficult.

Very easy to criticise without knowing facts, but i would think that the area of people skills is an area where RT may be able to improve.

The skill is in harnessing people of all abiities and talents.

Not just going with those who sing from exactly the same song sheet.

Its only experience that enables you to hone those skills however.

With regard to Protheroe who i do think was one of those who handled slightly differently, could still be giving the 'Gate a great return;it may well be that RT can replace with someone better anyway'so we will just have to see.

Up the 'Gate


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Personally, I don't think Trotty's man management was the reason for our disappointing, not "s-it" but disappointing, season. I think we failed to make the play-offs as a result of the suspensions of players along with failing to beat the lower sides in the league when we should have done so, including throwing away good positions in games themselves.

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What you going on about Birchblue and you Butler. I don't need to have a different posting name if I believe something I'll f-cking say it to your face. Pair of Dickhe-ds. As for you Butler why not f-ck off to Your own forum and don't piss me off you little ginger pr-ck.

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