Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley ready for return of former striker Stuart King
Stuart King returns to
Folkestone for the first time on Saturday as a friend rather than
foe, according to Invicta boss Neil Cugley.
King scored 44 goals in 47
games at Cheriton Road before joining Maidstone United in late
November for an undisclosed four-figure fee. The deal which also
included a sell-on clause on any future transfers, was good
business for Folkestone, a club with troubled finances.
Stones moved days after
Cugley admitted he was amazed the prolific striker had not been the
subject of any interest from other clubs, making an offer which
proved too good to turn down.
The 25-year-old, who has
scored four goals in 11 games for his new club, is expected to play
against Folkestone, despite missing Maidstone’s 3-1 win at
Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday with a knee injury.
Cugley – himself just named
manager-of-the-month for January – said: "Stuart and I have kept in
touch. We speak regularly on the phone and he is a great lad who
has become a good friend.
"It was the right time to
sell him from the club’s point of view and he understood that
"We have no special plans for
him tactically but know how he plays and what his strengths
The Invicta boss is full of
praise for Maidstone’s achievements on and off the field,
describing it as "massive boost" for non-league football in
He said: "It’s great they are
back home and what they have done is brilliant."
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