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Fleet keep quartet for new campaign

Ebbsfleet United have handed one-year contract extensions to four players ahead of the final game of the 2014/15 season. Lloyd Harrington, Joe Howe, Aiden Palmer and Michael West have agreed new deals to stay at Stonebridge Road and will be hoping to make big impacts in 2015/16 after missing chunks of this campaign.

Long-serving pair Howe and West have both spent time on the sidelines, the former out for three months with a shoulder injury and the latter just returned from a year-long anterior cruciate ligament problem. Howe passed the 200-game mark for the Fleet this season and West, a youth-team graduate in 2009, is likely to reach the 150-milestone in the next season.

Palmer, 28, signed for the Fleet in June 2013 and was virtually ever-present at left-back in his first season. He has played 75 times for the club and has impressed manager Jamie Day with his impact since returning from a five-month lay-off. In a post on Twitter, Palmer thanked the club, writing: “It was a no-brainer to extend my deal. The club have done so much for me over the last few months with scans, etc. I love the club and my aim is to go up where the club belongs. It’s been a painful season but I say stick with us and next year we will get it right… here’s to next season!”

Still only 21, Lloyd Harrington was rated highly at previous club Dover Athletic but two injury-hit seasons have prevented him reaching his potential. Now heading back to full fitness, the defender/midfielder – who spent time on loan at Lewes and Grays Athletic last season – said he was “very happy to have extended my contract with Ebbsfleet for another season. Here’s to an injury-free and successful season.”

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