Thank You Ronnie & Welcome Back Ashley Miller
It is with regret that we bid a fond farewell to Ronnie Dolan, the young midfielder has decided that he needs a fresh football challenge, and has accepted an approach from Ryman South title favourites Hastings United.
Of course, it is a move that has been coming for some time, at one point in pre-season Ronnie was set to train with Conference Premier side Welling United.
However after a change of heart and several excellent displays during pre-season he started the new season at Reachfields.
It has been thought for a long time by all at Hythe that Ronnie is destined for greater things. However the player has decided a clean break is needed to fufil his potential.
If Hastings end up with the player that dominated Saturday's second-half against Whitstable, then they will have made quite a signing!
Ronnie joined us at the start of the 2010/11 season from Ashford Town, and instantly became a regular in the side. He went on to be the winner of the Manager's Player of the Year award for the last two seasons.
During his first three years at the club he became the most used player, and finishes on an exceptional 159 appearances, not forgetting picking up winner's medals for the Kent League and Kent Senior Cup. Ronnie also weighed in with 20 goals and 26 assists during his time at Reachfields.
In the opposite direction, we are delighted to announce the second loan period of nineteen-year old Gillingham striker Ashley Miller.
Scott commented at the start of Ashley's first spell at the club (in February) - "The lad's a pro with a lot of talent, he can get in behind and cause team problems and that's what we need."
The player went on to score three goals and supply two assists in eight appearances in a Hythe shirt.
Ashley made his professional debut against Wycombe Wanderers in November 2010, at the age of sixteen.
Shortly after his professional debut, he was scouted and then linked with a move to various Premier League sides, most strongly Liverpool, however a move never materialised.
He made his first start for Gillingham in March 2012 in a home game against Barnet, and scored his first senior goal in Gillingham's 4-3 defeat to Crewe Alexandra three days later.
If anyone is interested in what Ashley has been up to, he has been scoring goals like this for the Gillingham development side!
Good luck and thank you Ronnie and welcome back to the club Ashley!
Originally Published 08/11/13