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Ebbsfleet impress fans by signing former Charlton player

Ebbsfleet United have managed to impress fans yet again by signing former Charlton player beyond this season and until the end of 2021-22.

It was back in December that the National League South outfit left many surprised by bringing in Chris Solly in after he spent over 11 years at the Addicks.

He has since come in at the Kent outfit, making five appearances at right back, however an injury has prevented him playing more games, plus the season was stop start until being abandoned in February.

They left Ebbsfleet sitting 8th in the standings, taking 28 points form 18 games played, and a point outside the playoff places.


The Fleet are delighted to confirm the permanent signing of Chris Solly on a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The former Charlton defender, who spent 11 years in the first team at The Valley and won two promotions to the Championship and two player-of-the-year awards there, initially joined the Fleet on a short-term arrangement in mid-December.

He made his debut in the 2-1 win at home against Concord Rangers and featured five times in all, including the wins over Slough Town and Havant & Waterlooville, before the season was cut short.

In addition to his playing duties, Chris – who turned 30 in January – will also take on a first-team coaching role, assisting the club in specialist coaching and scouting areas.

Chris originally agreed new terms with the club just before the visit to Slough Town in January – but with a combination of the uncertainty surrounding the season’s status, Chris’s injury sustained at Slough and the efforts into getting his red card at Havant successfully overturned, our original announcement timelines were constantly pushed back.

However, we are pleased we can now share this excellent news with our supporters as we look ahead to the new season and with such an experienced and valuable squad member on board.

Fleet manager Dennis Kutrieb said: “Like Lee Martin, Chris has come in with experience at a very high level. We have the right environment here, he has enjoyed being here and getting his fitness back with the facilities we have provided. Now we are seeing what he can do on the pitch too and I am very happy he is here for the long-term because what he can provide on the pitch and off it will be very beneficial to Ebbsfleet United in 2021/22.”

Speaking on joining the club back in December, Chris Solly said: “I was delighted to be asked to come down and am enjoying every minute of it. It’s a great group around the club and the way we are treated, the facilities and professionalism is of the standard of a Championship club.”

“The quality of the lads is very good,” he continued. “There are players here who have played at a higher level or will go on to play at a higher level, and I’ve no reason to doubt even from these first five days of training that the boys will be right up there vying for promotion this season.”

Already having made a big impact in training, the club welcomes the experience he will bring in his time with us and we wish Chris all the best on his stay with the Fleet.

Ebbsfleet impress fans by signing the former Charlton player, see what they had to say on his extended stay…

@Adamo_001: things you love to see

@tommymay00: Lucky to have a player that good. Good luck @cjsolly

@MColechin: Very happy to see that – top player

@WeeJimmyLogie: Announce promotion! However it comes, PPG, whatever! 💥💥

@wonnacott_m: Great signing, pleased he’s staying permanently #eufc

@YV_Graham: Wow, didn’t expect that

@Dave57905940: This is a nice suprise,give him the armband

@Fleetscott31: Excellent news

@tommymay00: Lucky to have a player that good. Good luck @cjsolly

@_benbrownyt: Great player he is 🙌🏻🔴⚪ Hopefully the first of many more given contracts

@_adamcafc: That Championship move went well then

@JackD4lley: pissing. the. league

@dazmo46: Good luck to him,wonder now that Bows has gone whether Sols will come out and tell all what happened between him and Bowyer

@Maccn5: Surely he could do a job higher up

@mikehn001: Good luck to him.

@bradysilverfox: Good luck Chris…you’ll be a great addition to Ebbsfleet….bags of experience the young players can tap into

@Tommorgan1986: Nice one all the best @cjsolly

@AddickOrp: But will he see it out or decide he doesn’t fancy it and not show up again? #cafc #tarnishedreputation

@PaddyMcLAUGHIN: Think there’s more to him leaving than him just ‘not fancying it’. There’s been numerous rumours of a rift with Bowyer, and that Solly sought legal (?) advice from the PFA following Bow’s comments about him last season. Would love to hear the full story, but doubt we ever will

@George80162185: Can’t say I’m that bothered about him either

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