Maidstone add to ranks ahead of new season

Maidstone United have added several new faces to their squad plus confirmed those that have been retained ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Returning to the Gallagher Stadium for the 2021/22 season are Raphe Brown, Sam Corne, Joe Ellul, Gavin Hoyte and Dom Odusanya.

The Stones boss, Hakan Hayrettin, has also signed Perri Iandolo from the club’s football academy and Max Sutton who started playing for Maidstone when he was eight years old.

Conversations are ongoing with other players from last season’s line-up, with several having deals on the table or invites to pre-season.

Two players not returning are Justin Amaluzor and Chris Lewington, both announcing their departures last month.

Joan Luque will return to the Gallagher Stadium after agreeing a one-year deal with the Stones.

The 28-year-old midfielder joined the club last October, making 12 appearances and scoring five goals.

He left at the end of January to join National League outfit Weymouth, which turned out to be a good move for him when the North and South divisions were axed a few weeks later.

A former Barcelona academy player, he moved to England in 2017, signing for Heybridge Swifts. His impressive tally of 30 goals earned him a move to Lincoln City, before he returned to the non-league game with spells at Bromley, Concord Rangers and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Canterbury-born shot-stopper Tom Hadler has been handed a one-year deal by Hakan Hayrettin and cannot wait to make the No. 1 shirt his own.

The 24-year-old came through the Gillingham Academy and made his Football League debut in April 2018.

After his release from Priestfield in the summer of 2019, he signed for Eastbourne Borough and spent last season with Ebbsfleet United.

The Stones have also added to their attacking options with the arrival of Reece Grant. The 26-year-old played under Hakan Hayrettin at Braintree and it was while at the Essex side he had one of his career highlights.

His equaliser in the 2018 National League South play-off final took the game to penalties and a shoot out win for The Iron saw promotion to the top tier of non-league. He spent last season at Stonebridge Road, signing for Ebbsfleet United from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Other clubs include Aldershot Town, Heybridge Swifts (where he came to prominence after scoring 26 goals) and Wealdstone. He got a taste of the Gallagher while with the other Stones in the 2013/14 season opener.

Jack Barham has also arrived at the Gallagher Stadium.

The 25-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a deal for the new season, after agreeing terms with Hakan Hayrettin.

He started his playing career at Chelmsford City and got his break while banging in the goals for Greenwich Borough. His prolific form saw a move to Barnet, where he first met the Stones boss.

While with The Bees he had loan spells at Bromley and Dorking, moving to the latter permanently the season before last. He signed for Dartford last summer and made 15 appearances before the campaign was declared null and void.

Maidstone have clearly been busy and more new signings are expected before the season gets under way in August.

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