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We are delighted to announce the signings of both Gavin Gunning and Craig Robson.

Gavin joins us after leaving Forest Green rovers in the summer, the experienced CB played Gaelic football and association football in his youth, before moving to England in February 2006 after being signed by Blackburn Rovers from Crumlin United. He never played a first-team  game for Blackburn, though did have loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United, Bury, and Motherwell. He transferred to Dundee United in August 2011 and went on to be named on the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for 2011–12. He left the club in June 2014 and subsequently joined Birmingham City, though missed the 2014–15 season due to injury. He joined Oldham Athletic for a brief stay in August 2015, before returning to Dundee United three months later. He left United in April 2016, and signed a short-term deal with Greenock Morton five months later. He joined Grimsby Town in January 2017, and then moved on to Port Vale six months later. He switched to Forest Green Rovers in January 2018.

Craig joins us from Barnet and can play in the heart of the back four or in central midfield, he played a key role as the Bees reached the fourth round of the FA Cup. His former clubs include Dagenham where he was captain playing 76 games, scoring 4 times and ending the season with the ‘supporters player of the season award’.

Previous clubs include Havant & Waterlooville and a spell in Australia with Sorento.

Manager Harry Wheeler believes signing the pair was a no-brainer.

I knew we needed more depth in that area of the pitch and Glenn came up to me with Gavin and Craig. these players will strengthen our options and it’s fantastic to have them on board.

“We will switch between two shapes next season and all three will be able to fit into those systems.”

“Gavin has lots of experience in the Football League and was captain as Forest Green Rovers reached the League Two play-offs last season,” confirmed Wheeler.

“Craig is a National League player at the very least. He made more than 40 appearances for Barnet last term and also has experience with Dagenham.

Both players trained with the squad last night and will be looking to make thier mark in the team with the upcoming pre season games.

Doug Loft has already featured in Billericay colours, having started the pre-season friendlies against an All-Star XI and Southend United.

But Harry Wheeler insists the former Port Vale captain, who came through the ranks at Brighton & Hove Albion who has been training with the team.

“Doug was never on trial with us, he has been training with the team whilst resolving contractual obligations with other clubs, we expect to have it all finalised in the coming weeks.

“With a player of Doug’s calibre, he was never on trial.

“He came into train and he has also played in our two pre-season games so far.”

We look forward to welcoming all the new lads in and look forward to seeing the squad taking shape in the few pre season friendlies.

 

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