Article by Tommy Wathen: Billericay Town have announced a number of new player and staff additions ahead of the 2017/18 Ryman Premier League season.
Multi-millionaire owner Glenn Tamplin has already turned the football club on its head since taking over back in December 2016 with stadium renovations and increased media publicity, but has now secured a number of additions to an already-talented playing squad.
Starting off the pitch, Tamplin has confirmed that former West Ham United coach and Leyton Orient first-team manager Ian Hendon has joined the Blues as a new Director of Football, whilst South African-born professional mixed martial arts fighter Neil 'Goliath' Grove joins as Head of Nutrition.
On the pitch though, Billericay have managed to secure a handful of players from higher divisions.
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Louie Theophanous has dropped down one division from local Essex rivals Chelmsford City, despite only joining Rod Stringer's side back in March. The 25 year-old scored five goals in his first six games, which helped the Clarets reach the National League South Play-Off Final, where they narrowly missed out on promotion to the National League Premier Division after losing 2-1 to Ebbsfleet United.
Joining Louie at The AGP Arena next season will be Welling United duo Danny Waldren and Dan Walker. Combined last season, the two 27 year-old players made 92 combined appearances for The Wings, scoring seven and six goals respectively. Both players have also dropped down one division to join Billericay's title-chasing squad for the upcoming season.
Next on the long list of new additions is 21 year-old Robbie Evans, who joins Billericay Town from National League Premier Division side Wrexham, who finished last season 42 places higher in the football league structure. The midfielder made the fourth-most appearances for the Red Dragons last season, but has decided to join the Billericay revolution for a new journey.
Robbie Evans has dropped down TWO divisions to join Billericay Town
The fifth new player at Billericay Town is former Chelmsford City winger Ricky Modeste, who has joined from National League Premier Division side Dover Athletic. After finishing just outside the play-off positions, Dover confirmed on their official website on May 12 that the 29 year-old had been offered new terms and was included in their list of retained players. However, Tamplin has managed to put pen-to-paper on a deal to sign the talented attacking player.
Finally, the last name in the most recent list of acquisitions for Glenn Tamplin and Billericay Town is 26 year-old Josh McLeod-Urquhart. The former West Ham United and Northampton Town youngster joined National League South side Wealdstone back in 2015, but has spent time out on loan at Hendon FC since February 2017 - making 12 appearances. Josh is a promising defender that will give Billericay Town more options at the back.
Article by Tommy Wathen, Essex Live