Duo join Michael West in leaving

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Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish said he was “disappointed” after two of the club’s top players opted to quit the club ahead of the new season.

Liam Enver-Marum’s has signed a short-term contract at League One side Stevenage, while Ricky Shakes has told the Fleet boss he wants to join Bet Sq Premier league rivals Kidderminster Harriers.

To add to his woes Michael West is also set to exit Stonebridge Road.

Daish said: “Obviously I am disappointed to lose Liam and I know he found the decision to sign for Stevenage instead of us a tough one. His decision was purely a football one and at 24 he believed this could be his real chance to become a football league player albeit on a short deal to start with.

“I respect his decision and although it can be frustrating for me trying to re-engage players after they have had a decent season here and again revitalised a player’s football career playing for us, I am a realist and understand when league clubs or clubs with real financial clout even sometimes below us in the league pyramid come calling, like Calum Willock moving to Dover, we find it hard to keep hold of them. I know Liam had options at Conference level but wanted only to play for us if he were to remain a Conference player. It was the draw of becoming a League 1 player with Stevenage, nothing else.

“I am also resigned to losing Ricky Shakes to Kidderminster Harriers, also for footballing reasons. After a meeting with Ricky last week it was clear that the offer of full-time football at Kidderminster and a new challenge really was behind his thinking.

“Again I am disappointed at losing Ricky – both he and Liam were great to work with and good men.

“The Michael West situation is ongoing and I cannot really elaborate on it at this stage; as I said earlier, I do not expect Michael to be playing in an Ebbsfleet shirt next season.

“On a more positive note Ram Marwa is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation with his knee injury and Cesc Fakinos is hopefully also coming back for pre-season to prove his fitness.

“Regarding other signings, I have been very close to signing targets especially in the forward and attacking department but have narrowly missed out on them for differing reasons. We will continue to keep trying to get the right players in that suit us and also remember that the season doesn’t start until August 11 not July 11.”

Enver-Marum, who scored 17 goals in 40 games in 2011-12, paid tribute to the club on his Twitter account. The outgoing striker wrote, “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Ebbsfleet for giving me so much love and support! It was a really hard decision to leave. But I had to take this chance to play League 1 football. I absolute love the club and wish them all the success they deserve.”

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