Mickelborough & Byrne Return & Ruddy Arrives

Hythe Town FC are delighted to announce three excellent new signings ahead of Saturdays Ryman South fixture with Corinthian-Casuals. It is a warm welcome home to the familiar faces of striker Gary Mickelborough and winger Kieran Byrne, along with the signing of experienced goalkeeper Dean Ruddy. Gary, aged 26, re-signs from Ryman South side Whitstable Town, and will need no introduction to supporters who witnessed our historic Kent League Championship win last season. A versatile forward with plenty of pace, Gary played a key role in the title win with twelve goals and seventeen assists, and in our run to the F.A. Cup First Round Proper at Hereford, where he became the first Kent League player to score at that stage of the F.A. Cup in over fifty years. He was also part of the Under 17's Great Britain Athletics Squad, previous clubs include Folkestone Invicta and Bromley Green.


Kieran, aged 26, rejoins us after leaving the club at the end of last season to take a break from the game and spend time with his family. He has recently enjoyed a short spell with Kent Invicta League side Ashford United, where he scored a series of goals from dead-ball situations. Kieran also played a major role in our success last season with twelve goals and five assists, and was also involved in our F.A. Cup run, appearing in the starting line-up at Hereford, previous clubs include Folkestone Invicta.


Goalkeeper, Dean Ruddy, aged 29, signs from Ryman South side Worthing via a short spell with Redhill. Dean hails from Chicago, USA, and appeared for Horsham YMCA in the Ryman South during the 2006/07 season, before signing for Dover Athletic in the summer of 2007. He went on to appear against us, in the infamous F.A. Cup victory for Hythe over Dover, then managed by Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler, Jimmy Dryden also lined up against us that day. Dean also works for Soccer Elite FA, who run an invite only Advanced Academy where talented and committed young players have the opportunity to play friendly matches against professional opposition. Previous clubs also include Lewes and Chatham.


Welcome (back) to the club Gary, Kieran and Dean!


Originally Published - 06/12/11