Lathrope Signs New Deal

Midfielder Damon Lathrope has signed a new one-year contract with Aldershot Town.

The 25 year-old is the tenth player to commit to Barry Smith’s new squad, after making 24 appearances in 2014-15 during a season beset by injury problems.

A combative and industrious midfielder with an excellent range of passing, Damon began his career at Cambridge United, before completing his scholarship at Norwich City. Having joined Torquay United in July 2010, he made 122 appearances for The Gulls in four years, and became an integral part of the team which reached the League Two Play-Off Final in 2011, before again finishing in the Play-Off places in 2012. Damon also played eight games for Hereford United in a six-week loan spell at the end of 2013.

“The Club is waiting to take off,” enthused Damon, “it’s got everything in place to be successful. The facilities are up there with the best in this league, the fanbase is really good, and our plans for next season are really positive. It’s an exciting place to be, and the manager’s plans were a big factor in me signing a new contract. I think his style of play will suit me, and bring the best out of me.

“I was totally honest when I spoke to Barry, and I told him that I don’t want to be playing in the National League. I’ve spent the whole of my career apart from last season in the Football League. I understand that I need to have a good year on the pitch to get back to where I want to be, but he’s got players that are ambitious, and we all hope that those ambitions are realised with Aldershot Town. That’s our aim and there’s no reason why we can’t push for promotion.”