Shaun Welford decides to turn down an approach from Hythe Town and stay at Maidstone United
By Craig Tucker
Maidstone captain Shaun Welford has snubbed a big-money move to
The striker held talks with Hythe this week but told Stones
manager Jay Saunders on Thursday morning that he’d be staying
Welford (pictured) said: "Normally I wouldn’t even have to think
about it but the offer from Hythe was so good that I had to
"I was shocked how much they were offering. I spoke to my wife
and kids about it and they wanted me to stay at Maidstone. I slept
on it on Wednesday night and made up my mind I couldn’t leave.
"Maidstone’s a massive club and there are so many things keeping
me here. It’s the whole package with the stadium, the fans and the
pitch and it’s a club on the up.
"It’s my hometown club and I’m proud to be captain. It’s nice
walking round the town and getting stopped by people for a
Stones boss Saunders has the task of working out the most
effective partnership and he’s delighted his captain is staying at
the Gallagher Stadium.
He said: "He knew from the outset there was no more money here
and, to be fair to Shaun, he didn’t ask for more. He’s with us
because he wants to be here."
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