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Peter Varney defends Ebbsfleet transfer policy after Dover criticism

PUBLISHED: 11:32 07 June 2013

Ebbsfleet's Stonebridge Road ground

Ebbsfleet's Stonebridge Road ground

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New Ebbsfleet United manager Steve Brown continued to add to his squad amid criticism from Dover Athletic about recent signings by the club.

Brown, who was officially appointed manager by new owners KEH Sports Ltd on Monday, left Dover last season after more than two years as assistant manager then coach.

He has since returned to sign midfielder Daryl McMahon and strikers Ben May and Billy Bricknell. Brown also added left-back Aiden Palmer to his squad from Chelmsford City while he has also re-signed Joe Howe and captain Paul Lorraine, who was the subject of a bid from rivals Dartford.

New vice-chairman Peter Varney reacted to criticism from Dover chairman over the influx of players from their Kent rivals.

“It is disappointing that the Dover chairman is publicly criticising a fellow Conference South club and its players. Our wage budget is a matter of public record because of the open nature of the offer we were obliged to make to MyFC, the former owners of Ebbsfleet United.

“We operate a wage cap here and players like Daryl McMahon have taken a significant cut to come here and has done so for footballing reasons.

“The negotiations with Dover for Daryl’s transfer were very amicable and we paid £1,000 more than Dover paid for a player who their chairman described to me as the “best player in the Conference South last season”.

“The other Dover players we have signed were not offered terms by Dover so I fail to understand how they can be accused of chasing money. Our budget is by no means the highest in the League and as I have said previously we will run Ebbsfleet United in a financially responsible manner.”

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