Maidstone United place striker Danny Hockton on the transfer list
by Alex Hoad
Danny Hockton could have played his last game for Maidstone
after he was placed on the transfer list by manager Peter Nott.
The former Millwall and Leyton Orient striker arrived amid a
sizeable fanfare last November but failed to live up to
expectations, notching just four league goals as the Stones
struggled – only avoiding relegation in the final week of the Ryman
League Premier Division campaign.
Hockton (pictured) signed a lucrative two-year contract
after arriving from Blue Square South Chelmsford but, after seeing
his playing budget cut ahead of next season, Nott revealed the
30-year-old’s availability was circulated to all sides in the Ryman
League and Blue Square South on Wednesday.
Nott said: "Danny understands that financially it is going to be
very difficult for us to keep him.
"That said, until someone comes in for him then he is very much
part of the club and if nobody does then he’ll be part of
pre-season like everyone else.
"All our players who have agreed to re-sign will be on either
the same or reduced terms. We have had to renegotiate deals with
many of them."
Roland Edge and Lyndon Rowland are two players who will not be
returning next season amid the budget cuts, while Nathan Paul could
also be on the way out.
Nott said: "A Blue Square South side have expressed an interest
in Nathan and he is considering his options. He has shown a lot of
loyalty to the club in the past so it is not a forgone conclusion
that he will leave by any means."
Nott also revealed he was aiming to sign two new players after
the weekend and hoped to have a clear idea of which members of his
squad would be staying on reduced terms.
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