Former Chelsea defender Jon Harley signs for Maidstone United after tweets with manager Jay Saunders
Former Chelsea defender Jon Harley has joined hometown club
Maidstone United – after contacting manager Jay Saunders on
Harley, pictured, was a regular for League 1 Portsmouth
this season until financial problems led to his release in January.
He initially got in touch with childhood friend Saunders to ask if
he could train with United. But he has now offered to play – and
Saunders can hardly believe his luck.
The Stones boss said: "I’ve known him for years. We played
junior football for Kent and Castle Colts and have stayed in
"He got in touch on Twitter a couple of months ago to see if he
could train with us, then last weekend he asked if we needed an
extra body. When you get an offer like that, it’s hard to turn
"He had offers from Aldershot and Stevenage and would still be
playing league football if he hadn’t got a good job with Chelsea’s
academy. He’s a local lad, he’s won the FA Cup, played Premier
League and Champions League football and he’s offered to come and
play for us.
"He’s not costing us bundles, either. We’ll chuck him a bit of
expenses but he won’t be on a wage."
Harley could make his debut in Stones’ Ryman League, Division 1
South game at Chipstead on Saturday.
Picture: Steve Reid/Portsmouth News
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