HAT-TRICK OF NEW SIGN­INGS AT WEALDSTONE

AND WEALDSTONE AGREES NEW LEASE ON GROUND

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS WOODS

WEALDSTONE have added three more play­ers to their squad with their lat­est ad­di­tions Marvel Ekpiteta, Bradley Hud­son-Odoi and Rhys Tyler.

Hud­son-Odoi re­joins the Stones and is a pop­u­lar sign­ing with sup­port­ers af­ter his per­for­mances in his first spell at the club in the 2015/16 sea­son saw him win Ju­nior Stones Player of the Sea­son and at­tract Na­tional League side Sut­ton United to sign him at the end of that cam­paign.

Since his last spell he has played at Sut­ton and was also loaned out to Maid­stone United, Eastleigh and Hamp­ton & Rich­mond Bor­ough where he joined the lat­ter on a per­ma­nent ba­sis at the start of 2018.

He nar­rowly missed out on pro- mo­tion to non-league foot­ball’s top tier with the Beavers af­ter they lost their play-off fi­nal to Brain­tree Town on penal­ties.

Stones fans will hope for a re­peat of his first spell here where he un­locked plenty of Na­tional League South de­fences from at­tack­ing mid­field.

De­fend­ers Ekpiteta and Tyler join from Bishop’s Stort­ford and Hunger­ford Town.

Ekpiteta has also played at Chelmsford City and at lo­cal clubs AFC Hayes and North Green­ford United.

Tyler was a scholar at Read­ing and played pro­fes­sion­ally in Ger­many be­fore re­turn­ing to Eng­land in 2015 when Stones boss Bobby Wilkin­son signed him for Hunger­ford and adds Wealdstone’s sum­mer sign­ing tally to 12.

Mean­while, de­part­ing the club is for­ward Harry Goodger.

He joined the club from Whit­stable Town at the end of 2017 and his work-rate, at­ti­tude and per­son­al­ity have made him a pop­u­lar player among Stones sup­port­ers.

It comes af­ter the club an­nounced last week that fol­low­ing lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions with KSIMC, the own­ers of the Grosvenor Vale site, Wealdstone have agreed an ex­tended lease ar­range­ment for the site.

Since Wealdstone set­tled at the Grosvenor Vale site in 2008, they have been seek­ing a re­newed lease in the knowl­edge that the ex­ist­ing ten­ure was due to run out in late 2018.

Fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of KSIMC a new lease has now been signed off.

The new lease has been agreed for an ini­tial pe­riod of five years, and there is a mech­a­nism built in to the lease to trig­ger an even longer lease.

Wealdstone will con­tinue to have ex­clu­sive use of the sta­dium site (in­clud­ing Ruis­lip So­cial Club) through­out, and for the ini­tial five-year pe­riod will con­tinue to have use of the car park; KSIMC may have use of the out­side grassed part of the site oc­ca­sion­ally for sport­ing use.

Chair­man of Wealdstone, Peter Mars­den, said: “I am very pleased we have been able to suc­cess­fully con­clude com­plex ne­go­ti­a­tions with KSIMC and we are grate­ful to them.

“We have es­tab­lished a firm base for our fu­ture at Grosvenor Vale and this agree­ment will en­able us to fur­ther de­velop our in­fra­struc­ture and at­tract new in­vest­ment to the club to sup­port our foot­balling and com­mu­nity am­bi­tions.”

Bradley Hud­son Odoi

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