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Ebbsfleet look to agree new Eurostar deal

Ebbsfleet United are hoping to extend their sponsorship deal with Eurostar amidst tough financial times at the Blue Square Premier club.

The current deal with the train operator ends in May and the club are currently in a precarious position which would only worsen should Eurostar not continue their support.

Ebbsfleet signed one of the largest sponsorship deals in non-league football three years ago, with an arrangement that also saw the club lose its former name, Gravesend & Northfleet.

Designed to put Ebbsfleet International Station and the community of Ebbsfleet on the map and chairman Duncan Holt, who held talks with Eurostar, is now anxious to put pen to paper again.

He said: “We were very keen to explain what a fantastic opportunity this is for them. Over the last three years, Eurostar have had great publicity from us getting to the FA Trophy final [in 2008], the name change and the whole MyFootballClub story. However, we haven’t quite got them ingrained in the club in the way we would have liked.”

Ebbsfleet’s perilous position in the Blue Square Premier underlines the need for the stability a new deal would bring, with Holt admitting relegation is a very real possibility.

“It’s starting to look tight,” he said. “I’m sure it will go down to the last game of the season. We do have plans in place, to play in Blue Square South, but relegation changes a lot of things. Suddenly we would be playing Boreham Wood rather than Luton or Wrexham and it would have a dramatic effect on the playing budget.”

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