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Harrison Chatting makes switch from Billericay Town to Canvey Island
The 21-year-old winger signed for the Gulls yesterday after telling Billericay manager Craig Edwards he no longer wanted to stay at New Lodge.
“It was a tough decision,” said Chatting, who’s been at Billericay since he was 14-years-old, and broke into their first-team at 17.
“But I’ve thought about it a lot and I think this is the right move for me. "I’ve got no problem with any of the boys at Billericay, the back room staff or the club, I just think it’s time for a change.”
Chatting, who scored nine goals for the Ryman Premier champions last season, said he decided to go to Canvey because he feels he can develop as a player under director of football John Batch and manager Tilson.
He said: “I think the style of football at Canvey will suit the way I play better.
“Billericay are a great team, but it is just not my style of play.”
Chatting also revealed one of the reasons he decided on a move to Canvey was because he has heard good things about the club from Gulls left-back and his former Billericay team-mate Ashley Dumas.
He said: “Ashley said he loves playing there and I know him from my first season at Billericay. I’ve stayed in touch with him and I’m looking forward to playing with him again.”
Chatting said he's heading to the Prospects Stadium to train with Canvey tonight, and to complete the necessary paperwork.
He said he did not know if he’ll be included in Canvey’s matchday squad for Saturday's game at home to Lewes, but added he was ready to play if selected.
Edwards told the Billericay club website he felt Chatting had struggled to adjust to life in the Conference South.
He said: “I think Harrison has found it hard this season to step up a level. He came to see me on Tuesday and said he thought it was time for him to move on. “We made him available for transfer and Canvey came in with an offer, so I can confirm that he has been sold for an undisclosed fee.”