Billericay Town have signed striker Ross Lafayette from Vanarama National League side Sutton United as part of Dean Brennan’s reshaping of the squad.
The 31-year-old appeared 53 times for the National League outfit during a sixteen-month spell at Gander Green Lane, scoring fifteen goals after signing from Dover Athletic.
Sutton boss Paul Doswell admitted that keeping Lafayette, who had already scored four times in the League this season, was an impossible task as a result of the attractive offer from Billericay Town.
“We had an enquiry from Dean Brennan at Billericay with regards to Ross, and have agreed to his immediate transfer.” he said. “Billericay have offered Ross a really good contract which includes a deal for next season and an option for a further year thereafter, and at this moment we were not in a position to talk with regards to next season.
“Ross was a big part of our success last season and was a pleasure to work with, and this opportunity is perfect for him as it allows him to work as a recruitment manager during the day and train in the evenings. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Speaking after signing a deal with the National League South league leaders, Lafayette outlined his reasons for joining the Blues.
“I’ve known the management here for a while.” he said. “The situation at Sutton just meant that I was available.
“It was an opportunity to go and win the League. They have a project that I want to be a part of so it was simple for me.
“My strength is hold-up play and getting goals. The last time I was in this League I got 24 I think, so if I can replicate that it will be a good season.
“I hope to repay you [the Billericay fans], win the League and have a good season.”
Also joining Billericay is defensive pair Joe Coveney and Ethan Stewart on short-term loans from Nottingham Forest, while Callum Jahraldo signs from Blues boss Dean Brennan’s former employers Hemel Hempstead.
Coveney, a former Manchester City youngster, joined Forest in July 2017 with a two-year deal at the City Ground. Ethan Stewart plays alongside Coveney in the Forest U23 squad.