Seventh-tier side Billericay Town have signed West Ham legend Paul Konchesky for an undisclosed fee from Gillingham FC.
‘Ricay play in the third tier of non-league football and are currently occupying tenth in their League – seven points behind the play-off places – but have pulled off a sensational transfer coup by gaining the signature of the former England international.
The Essex side have been boosting their squad over the past few weeks after being bought by new owner Glenn Tamplin, with the 35-year-old defender being the latest signal of intent as the non-league side looks to replicate history similar to Crawley Town in their charge for a spot in the English Football League.
Konchesky has failed to make an impact for the Gills following the instalment of Ady Pennock as First Team Manager, appearing just a handful of times after missing just one game prior to the turn of 2017.
Upon his arrival at New Lodge, the former England and Fulham defender stated: “I have retired from professional football and I’m hugely impressed by the owner’s ambition and where he wants to take this team.”
However drama occurred moments before the Konchesky announcement with it being announced that First Team Manager Craig Edwards – who had held the reins since 2010 – had his resignation accepted by the Blues.
The Club’s new owner Tamplin said that his latest signing was a “massive statement of intent”.
“I won’t rest until we get into League Two. I want to be in the Football League.” he said.
“I think Paul can help us get to where we want to be. He feels, and I agree, that he has two years left in terms of playing.
“But he has already said he wants to stay involved with the club as he looks to get his coaching badges.”