Isthmian Premier club Herne Bay sign former Arsenal, Liverpool and Crystal Palace striker Jason Banton from Sittingbourne


A striker who counts Arsenal, Liverpool and Crystal Palace among his former clubs has signed for Herne Bay.

Banton, 30 in December, had started the season at Isthmian South East Sittingbourne but has now joined Ben Smith’s Isthmian Premier team.

Herne Bay boss Ben Smith. Photo: Chris Davey

He came through the youth ranks with the Gunners and was a young professional with Liverpool, Leicester and Palace before making over 50 appearances over two spells at Plymouth.

Banton, who plays wide or up front, also counts MK Dons and Wycombe among his former clubs.

“We are really happy to have [the signing of] Jason above the line. He’s a player we’ve watched before but missed a few times,” Bay boss Smith told the club’s website of Banton, who made his Palace debut in a La Liga draw. FA Cup 2013 against Stoke.

“Jason has had good experience from his professional days as well as the league we are currently playing in, with players like Bishop’s Stortford and Kingstonian.

“He’s a player who will bring us a lot of quality and that experience that we’ve been missing and asking for, to be honest.”

Third-placed Herne Bay this Saturday is at fifth-placed Enfield after losing 3-0 last weekend at home to Hastings.

Smith added: “We haven’t started the season the way we would have liked, but signings like Jason and the movement we’re going to make over the next week will be to try to improve that experience across the whole team. crew.

“There have been a few outs, but we are working very hard on some ins and those will come with experience.”

After the announcement, Banton said on Twitter, “Let’s get to work.”

Others have recently signed for the Winch’s Field club, including former Maidstone and Tonbridge striker Jake Embery and midfielder Che Krabbendam.

At Sittingbourne this season, Banton has made seven competitive appearances, including four starts.


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