Two More for 23-24

We are pleased to announce the retention of Adi Connolly and Lewis Taaffe for the new season.

Goalie Adi successfully made the step from ETFC’s academy to the first-team squad in the summer of 2021, gaining minutes in a number of pre-season friendlies and cups, as well as stepping into the senior side in the league when necessary; keeping a clean sheet on his Isthmian League debut against Potters Bar Town in January 2022.

“Having spoken to the new manager Gavin I’m really looking forward to the new season”, stated Adi. Coming through the academy I know what it means to play for this great club.”

“Adi is a ‘keeper I’ve heard such good things about. Both myself and Dean [Hurlow] are looking forward to working with him”, added Gavin. “I’ve told him that he is returning to push Rhys Forster for the number one shirt and that should be his focus. Competition is healthy in a football environment and that goes throughout the side.”

Lewis the Latest to Commit to Town

Originally signed as a forward, Lewis has become a useful and versatile option in several different positions in recent seasons. He has notched 11 goals in 127 matches since joining the club in 2018 – including scoring home and away last season against former club Billericay Town.

“When speaking to Gavin to get his thoughts and plans for this season, it was immediately evident that he wants to do well and he came across really well”, said Lewis. “As you know, I’ve been at the club for a number of years and really want to help take the club to the next level. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we can achieve our targets for this season. Up The Town!”

“I’m pleased Lewis is back with us. He is one of a few players I’m expecting to be an influence on the group using his experience to push on after last season”, commented Gavin. “His versatility is also a massive plus, so I’m happy he’s returned.”