What’s up, guys?
Two signings on the field, two in the media team and one on the esports team – it’s been a busy week or so at Hashtag HQ!
Today we are excited to welcome highly-experienced midfielder (and until last weekend, interim manager at Basildon United) Kris Newby to the squad. You can find out more about our latest addition below:
“The thing that attracted me to Hashtag was the size and popularity of the club and I feel that the opportunity arose to be a part of a club thats moving forward. It was a no-brainer,” said Kris.
“In terms of my career, most of it has been spent in the Ryman Premier/Ryman Division 1 North. I have also had a short stint in the Conference South. Previous clubs include East Thurrock, Grays Athletic, FC Sudbury, Tilbury, VCD Athletic – There’s been too many to remember!
“In regards to players I compare myself to, Joe Keith used to call me a poor man’s Dirk Kuyt when I was at East Thurrock, so I’ll have to go with that! The strongest part of my game is my range of passing and also my passion and desire to win. I hate losing and I’ll never give up on the pitch – I will run through a brick wall for the side.”
Kris had nothing but positive words to say after meeting the lads and coming out of the first training session: “I trained with the guys on Monday and they were all superb. They were all welcoming, they all introduced themselves and my first impressions were how professionally the club is run. Obviously that’s the case with Devs in charge – I have played with Devs before – he is a superb manager and does things the right way. My first impressions were great and I just can’t wait for the games.
“I know a couple of the guys from before – I have played against Ricky Evans numerous times and been out with him a few times, same as Luke Wilson. I played with Albie and have played under Devs and Joe Keith, and then there’s Tom Anderson, who I was playing with at Basildon. The amount of faces I know should make the transition of settling in a lot easier.
“The league position we’re currently in is fantastic and our goal is to get promotion. We have games in hand versus the top of the table, so promotion is top of the agenda. Personally, it would be to make sure results on the pitch continue in the same fashion as it was before i joined. I’d also like to score some goals – if I were to finish in double figures for the season that would be great.
“In terms of an interesting fact, I have played for every senior football club in my hometown borough of Thurrock – if you can class that as interesting!”