Ebbsfleet United this afternoon welcome former York City central defender and vice captain Dave Winfield who has put pen to paper on a deal.
The experienced 28-year-old becomes Daryl McMahon’s first new signing of the summer and at 6ft 3in will be an imposing fixture in Fleet’s rearguard for the forthcoming season. A passionate player and good organiser, he is also a threat from set pieces and boasts experience at both League One and Two level.
As a youngster, Winfield won the Conference with hometown club Aldershot Town and played against the Fleet in the 2008 FA Trophy semi-final. He turned out for Chertsey Town, Staines Town and Salisbury City on loan and made his Football League debut in 2009. In 2010/11 he arrived at Wycombe for a £25,000 fee and enjoyed further success, playing regularly in the side that won automatic promotion to League One alongside Stuart Lewis. He played another two seasons for Wycombe before he was snapped up by Shrewsbury Town for one more season at League One level in 2013/14.
A move to York followed and, with a spell on loan at AFC Wimbledon in between, Winfield clocked up almost 50 appearances for the Minstermen. As a defensive lynchpin of the City side, in which he was one of the more reliable members in 2015/16, he won the Clubman of the Year trophy at the end of the campaign but recently rejected a new deal to return south and sign for the Fleet.