Ebbsfleet United have signed winger Anthony Cook prior to last night’s 1-1 draw with Conference Premier neighbours Dartford, following his departure from Chelmsford City. The 23-year-old winger has attracted plenty of interest in his time with the Clarets, where he amassed more than 120 games since joining them in the summer of 2009.
The London-born attacking wide man first came to prominence in Sky TV’s Football Icon, where his high finish earned him trials with Tottenham and Cardiff. Having represented the Welsh side at youth and reserve levels, he played for Croydon Athletic and in the Football League with Dagenham & Redbridge, where he was in the same squad as Shane Huke. Brief spells at Concord Rangers, Carshalton and Braintree followed before a successful trial brought him to Chelmsford.
A nephew of former British and European super middleweight boxing champion James Cook MBE, Anthony was a key part of Chelmsford’s promotion ambitions and a regular goalscorer in his time at Melbourne Park – though has been known to deputise in defence and even in goal when called upon.
Manager Steve Brown said “Anthony has been a key target of mine for some time and I am delighted he decided to join us despite all the competition from a host of other clubs. He will be a key player for us this season.”
Anthony Cook said “I was impressed by Steve Brown and his plans and ambition for the club. I thoroughly enjoyed my debut last night and we have some really good players at this club and I can’t wait to get going.”