Club, First Team

06 May 2024

Midfielder Mark Waters extends his stay at Farnham Town

Farnham Town are thrilled to confirm that midfielder Mark Waters will remain part of the squad for the 2024/25 season.

The 28-year-old midfielder was the most recent addition to the first-team squad, making the move from Kingstonian of the Isthmian Premier Division back in February, where he was the captain of the side.

Mark was always a player the management team were aware of but he starred for the K’s when they visited The Memorial Ground in the Surrey Senior Cup Third Round in early February and made enough of an impression to prompt Paul Johnson into making a move.

He made his debut off the bench in the 1-0 league win over Jersey Bulls and went on to start the next 12 league fixtures, playing the full 90 minutes in the first 11 of those.

Waters’ season was ended prematurely after suffering a serious laceration to the upper lip in the opening minutes of the 2-0 away win at AFC Croydon Athletic which required a trip to a local hospital for stitches, forcing him to miss the final two league fixtures, both against Tooting & Mitcham United. He was also cup-tied for the remainder of our Surrey Senior Cup run after his move.

In the home win over Sheerwater, our homecoming game after securing promotion and the league title away at Jersey Bulls two weeks prior, Mark netted his first and only goal for Farnham to date with a close range tap in to open the scoring as we ran out eventual 5-3 winners.

Mark made an immediate impact upon his arrival, giving the fans a glimpse of what’s to come next season, and everyone at Farnham Town are pleased that he will be returning for our debut campaign at Step 4.

Manager Paul Johnson said: “When we signed Mark, we didn’t necessarily need to bring another player into the squad. The title was all but won, and the players we had would’ve got the job done. But we knew the quality that Mark possessed, and he was going to be a target for the summer.

“We thought there was an opportunity to bring him in early so he could get settled in at the Club, and thankfully he agreed to make the move. We spoke at the time about the plan always being that he would be a key part of the team in 24/25, and we’re pleased that he’s agreed to stay on with us.

“He was terrific down the stretch after he arrived, and was a huge part of our ability to stay undefeated in the league. He’s a top player with loads of experience further up the levels and will be big for us next season.”

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