Experienced defender Gavin Hoyte is the latest addition to John Still’s new-look Maidstone United side.
In a professional career spanning more than a decade, he started at Arsenal from the age of nine and went on to make several senior appearances for his boyhood club.
While signed for the Gunners, he had loan spells with Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Lincoln City and AFC Wimbledon.
A permanent move to Dagenham & Redbridge followed in 2012 and in two spells with the east London side – including last season – he made more than 75 appearances.
In between his Victoria Road days, the 29-year-old played for Gillingham, Barnet and Eastleigh.
Speaking after signing his one-year deal, Gavin said:
I am delighted to get the deal done. I’ve played here a few times and know how great the fanbase is.
I’ve worked under John Still before at Dagenham, so I know what he wants and expects.
He knows how to get the best of out players and he knows how to win leagues, so I am sure he will help me and the team achieve what we want to.
This is going to be a tough league but if we get our team together and work hard, we can beat anyone.
Maidstone have made several signings ahead of their return to the National League South.