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Grays Athletic News Round-Up

Mark Bentley joins The Blues

The club are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Mark Bentley.

Bentley started his playing career with Enfield in August 1998, later moving to Aldershot Town, Gravesend & Northfleet (where he won Player of the Year in 2002–03) and Dagenham & Redbridge. On 15 January 2004 he stepped up to the Football League when he signed for Southend United, where he made 93 league appearances including 23 as a sub. He also scored 12 league goals including five in his last season at Roots Hall and was involved in two consecutive promotions.

He was offered a new one-year contract to stay at Southend, but opted to go for the security of a two-year deal at Gillingham, signing for them on 22 May 2006.

Bentley made his debut in the 2–1 home win over Huddersfield Town on 5 August and scored his first goal away to Bradford City in a 4–2 defeat on 12 August.

He was runner up in the club’s 2006–07 player of the year award behind Andrew Crofts and signed a two-year contract extension in September 2007

After coming second in the Player of the Year awards for the 2009–10 season, Bentley signed a new one-year contract for new manager Andy Hessenthaler with a clause stating that if he played a certain number of games it would be extended for another season, taking him to the end of the 2011–12 season.

In March 2011, Bentley signed for Conference National club Cambridge United on a one-month loan from Gillingham.

On 11 May 2011, Bentley was released by Gillingham after serving five seasons with the club, after the club failed to gain promotion from League Two. He subsequently joined Hayes & Yeading United. Following Jamie Hand’s departure to Luton Town in early September, Bentley was appointed club captain.

In June 2013 Bentley signed for Conference South club Boreham Wood. Bentley signed for Wealdstone on October 2013, to help with the club’s push for promotion to the Conference South. Bentley left the club by mutual consent in the summer of 2014.

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Leroy remains a Blue

Fans favourite Leroy Griffiths has turned down an offer from Hampton & Richmond Borough to fight for his place in the blues attacking lineup.

A spokesperson said: "The club would like to thank Leroy for his loyalty to the club."

Griffiths has also signed to play for Hereford United.

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Harrington out for the rest of the season

Ebbsfleet loanee Lloyd Harrington has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury he sustained in the 1-0 victory over AFC Hornchurch on bank holiday Monday.

The club would like to wish Lloyd a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to him.

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Hawks are coming to Mill Field

The first round qualifying match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13th September at Mill Field.

On Sunday Harlow Town travelled to Hitchin, home of Baldock Town, in a preliminary round tie to determine who would face Grays Athletic in the next round.

The Hawks squad included two players that left the Blues during the summer: Jared Small and youngester Dan Fry, who is hoping to make an impact on senior football after spending much of last season with the u21 side. Neither player was on the scoresheet as the Hawks won 3-0.

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