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The AUFC media team are pleased to bring you another exclusive interview.

Today we caught up with one of our new signings, Ashford United’s new No.1 Sam Mott is the latest to give up his time to talk to us…

Sam, firstly we’d like to welcome you to Ashford United. You join us after a very successful few seasons at AFC Hornchurch and ultimately winning promotion with them only last season. What attracted you to make the move to Homelands Park to play for AUFC? And how did it come about?

“Thank you I am very happy to be here! Gary contacted me and asked if I would be willing to have a chat. Once I spoke to him it was clear how ambitious the club are and it was something I really wanted to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to this season.”

Do you know or maybe even played with any members of our squad in previous seasons?

“I know a few of the boys. I played with Lea Dawson at Thamesmead and have know him for nearly 10 years! Also played with Jordan Palmer at Thamesmead and Sam Corne at Welling. All top players and top blokes.”

Have you ever played at Homelands Park before or was the first training session your first visit? What’s your thoughts on the facilities we have and the ground it’s self?

“I’ve only every played at Ashford once, that was when I was 13 in a cup final, it didn’t end well! My first training session was my first real visit to the ground and I am very impressed. Facilities are really good and the clubhouse is decent.”

What has been the highlight of your playing career so far, and what do you do away from football?

“Winning the conference south with Welling and getting called up for the England C team in the same season is definitely my career highlight, a season I will never forget. Outside of football I am a locksmith, based in London Bridge. Been doing it for 8 years now and love it.”

Would you say you’re a vocal keeper that marshalls your team mates in front of you? And what would you say are your biggest strengths as a keeper?

“Yes I would say that I am quite loud and think I am commanding as a keeper. I’d like to think my biggest strength is consistency and doing what ever it takes to keep a clean sheet.”

Here at Ashford United we’re lucky to have a fantastic support home and away, even through a difficult season last term our fans turned out in great numbers and out sung most other clubs fans despite losing and sometimes losing heavily! Do you get a boost from a loyal vocal support whilst playing?

“Definitely. I know how good the Ashford fans are and have heard how loyal they have been. It gives the players a massive boost knowing you have the support of the fans and we will try and do everything we can to bring them success.”

It’s very early days yet, but what are your first impressions of the squad we’re building here for the coming season?

“First impressions are really good, everyone has settled in well and there is a buzz among the players. Gary has made some quality signings, and along with the boys from last year that have stayed the season ahead looks promising.”

We have our first preseason game this coming Saturday versus Bromley, looking forward to it?

“Really looking forward to it. It will be a big test against a very good National league side and a good chance for us to get used to playing along side each other.”

Thank you for your time Sam, good luck for the season ahead, is there anything you’d like to say to the Ashford United loyal supporters?

“Thank you very much. I’d like to say thank you all for your support and making me feel very welcome. I will be doing everything possible to make this season a success, along with all of the other boys. Clean sheets for fun! Thanks, Motty.”