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Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley delighted to have Roland Edge back at Cheriton Road

Folkestone Invicta player coach Roland Edge

Folkestone boss Neil Cugley said he was delighted after Roland Edge agreed to return to Invicta as a player-coach.

The former Gillingham, Hibernian and Hull man (pictured) spent two years at the Buzzlines Stadium before departing for Maidstone in 2008.

Invicta boss Cugley said Edge would help to fill the void left by the retiring Jimmy Jackson, adding: "I’m not sure Roland was fully-appreciated in his first spell with us.

"I am delighted to have signed him, he is versatile and can play left-back, centre-back or in holding midfield.

"Micky Dix and I wanted someone in to help us on the coaching side, Roland is doing his coaching badges and will be an experienced head on the pitch. He has played in the Championship and we’ll need his experience next season."

Meanwhile Darren Smith has signed a new deal with Invicta, despite being linked with moves to Ashford or Faversham.

Simon Austin and Micheal Everitt have also put pen-to-paper meaning 10 of Cugley’s Ryman League Division 1 South play-off winning side will start the season with the club.

Jack Delo, Josh Vincent, Frankie Chappell, Liam Friend, Liam Dickson, Josh Burchell and James Everitt have all committed themselves to Invicta.

Striker Jimmy Dryden has also been given the all-clear to continue playing by specialists after being beset by knee and ankle problems in recent years.

Cugley said: "An MRI scan showed a problem but it appears to have cleared up and he’s alright to play again. Hopefully he will sign on soon. It gives us more options. We will have a small squad again next season but we’re looking forward to giving it a go."

Striker Brendon Cass has been offered terms and been invited back to the club for pre-season training and Cugley said he planned to talk to the former Chatham man to see what his plans were.


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