Cloke Signs From Margate

Scott Porter has unveiled Craig Cloke, previously of Margate FC, as his first summer signing, on a one-year contract. Cloke, 27, previously spent nine years with Dover Athletic, where he started off in the club’s youth programme, before captaining the reserves and then making his first team debut in 2001. He won all four of the club’s player of the year awards at the end of the 2004-05 season, but injuries curtailed a promising career between 2008 and 2009.


Craig made his return to action whilst on loan at Ryman League Division One South outfit Ashford Town in February 2010. Craig opted to leave his beloved Dover Athletic to sign for Ryman Premier League side Margate in the summer of 2010, and he made a total of 71 appearances, scoring 10 goals, for the Hartsdown Park club. Scott spoke of his delight of bringing Cloke to the club, before the squad jetted off for a three-day break in Ibiza.


He said: “We had two in mind and Craig was one of them. I met up with him a couple of times and he’s signed a one-year deal on contract, so I’m delighted to have him on board and it’s a great signing for the club. It proves we want to move forward after the success of last year. Bringing someone from the Ryman Premier League, he’s won a lot of things at this level, is important to us. He’s got a lot of experience, goals at one end and obviously his quality defending at the other end, he can play in a number of positions."


"He’s a good lad in the changing room, he’s a bubbly character and he’s impressed with what he’s seen and we’re delighted to have him on board. We want to build on what we did last year and it’s important we go that way, we don’t want to step back. As a manager and as a club we want to move forward, and Craig is one of the first people we’ve wanted for a while and we’ve got him here so I’m delighted. I’ve secured the majority of the squad, I’ve got five on contract but everyone I want to stay is staying and we’re building on what we did last year."


“We want to add one more and build on what we’ve done. The lads have got us where we are and it only needs two to push on, to improve it, and Craig is one of them. If I can get someone else we’re finished, we’re looking forward to it. We want to do the best we can, but you have to get the experience and better quality players in to push that way. Obviously we’ve done that with Craig, but we want to have one more in and then we’ll be done and dusted.”


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Originally Published - 13/05/12