Fleet throw a Tanner in the works

Former Motherwell winger Craig Tanner is Dennis Kutrieb’s latest signing as the Fleet squad continues to take shape for 2021/22.

The 26-year-old Surrey-born player began his career with Reading’s academy, winning promotion and the U21 Premier League Cup with the Royals. Having been with Reading since the age of 8, Tanner signed a professional contract in 2011 and made his debut in the Championship in 2014/15.

He became a regular with AFC Wimbledon on loan in League Two and then enjoyed a longer two-season spell with Plymouth Argyle from 2015-17. Tanner helped The Pilgrims into the play-off final in his first season and then to the League Two runners-up spot and promotion the next.

That earned him a move to the Scottish Premiership with Motherwell, scoring nine goals for the club in his first season of 2017/18 where he played at venues including Celtic Park and Ibrox. He returned to England in September 2019 to sign for Aldershot Town, making a big impact at the EBB Stadium and scoring on his debut v Stockport County. He netted seven times in all for the Shots in 28 appearances.

Capable of operating down either wing or as a second striker, the exciting, quick and creative player was offered new terms at Aldershot in the National League and elsewhere for the forthcoming season but has instead chosen to play his football at the Kuflink Stadium in Fleet’s anniversary season.

In his first interview since signing for the Fleet, Tanner told the club website, “This is a club that’s trying to build long-term, it’s not just a short fix and that’s very appealing. As a player, I try to be on the ball as much as possible to try to bring goals and assists. That’s what brings me success and happiness.”

There’ll be more from Craig about what fans can expect from him and why he made the move to the Fleet later on today.


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