Manager Ross Standen described himself as “absolutely delighted” after Luke Emberson agreed to extend his current contract to the end of the 2022-23 season. Standen explained: “Embers is a local lad who has come through the youth set up to become a major player for the club over the last few years. He is really committed to the club and someone who can play in a variety of positions. He excels wherever he plays.”
Currently the club’s longest serving player, Emberson, 23, was first included in a first team squad as an unused substitute against Dover Athletic in 2015. He captained the treble winning Hawks youth side in 2017 but missed the whole of the next season with a knee injury. Embers had to wait until 2018 to make his first team debut and has now made 92 appearances, at full back and in midfield, scoring twice.
Currently sidelined with a knee injury sustained against Three Bridges, Embers added “I was really enjoying that game as I was back playing in midfield but I got a knock on my knee in the first half. It’s been annoying, as the swelling still hasn’t gone down, so I’m having it looked at again and am hoping to be back in action next month.”
The Hawks have also confirmed that defender Mohammed Kamara has left to join Whitstable Town. Kamara was looking for regular game time at centre half, and the Hawks would like to thank him for his contribution this season, where he made 22 appearances after joining from Margate in October 2021.
A change in personal circumstances means that Stacey Freeman has returned to the East Midlands to play for Stamford FC, after three starts during his third spell with the Hawks.
Young defender Ashley Wadhams, 20, has joined from neighbours Lancing.
Where injures are concerned, Charlie Copolla, who has missed the whole of the season so far after a broken ankle in pre-season at Met Police, hopes to be back in action in the second half of March. Lekan Orimolusi, who pulled a hamstring on his first full start against Chichester City in January, is likely to be out for at least another three weeks.