Faversham Town manager Ray Turner knows it will be hard to replace influential midfielder Wayne WIlson who has returned to Margate
Ray Turner is under no illusions how hard it will be for him to replace the ‘Football League’ quality of midfielder Wayne Wilson.
The 28-year-old Aussie-born playmaker has been instrumental in Faversham’s success since he arrived at Salters Lane in the summer of 2012 but on Monday returned to former club Margate where he is expected to form part of a new coaching staff in the wake of the sacking of manager Simon Osborn.
Former Sorrento and Charlton Athletic man Wilson made more than 100 appearances in Gate colours, scoring 20 goals, before joining the Lilywhites but returns to Hartsdown Park where he also works as Margate’s head of football in the community and a coach at the club’s academy.
Turner said: “Wayne was an integral part of the team who did so well last season and we will miss his delivery in particular, which was League quality.
“He’s got seven goals already this season from free-kicks and penalties and his set-pieces have led to plenty more.
“It’s going to be hard to replace him. In general, you don’t get players of his ability at this level and the ones that are certainly aren’t going to be let go by teams.
“I’m looking around for loans but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do anything in time for Saturday.” Town are sixth after Saturday’s win over Crawley Down and face a daunting trip to Hythe Town, who could rise from 11th to overhaul the Lilywhites with a win at Reachfields.
Turner said: “It is an interesting game and one which could really push whoever wins it on.
“The table is starting to take shape and I’m sure by the New Year we’ll have a better idea of where everyone is.
“The teams outside of Kent have stolen a march on the promotion places but the likes of us, Hythe and Folkestone are gradually getting there and I’m sure the Kent clubs will have a big say later in the season.”
Turner has Jamie Maxted back from a ban and the Town boss added: “I know Brendon Cass would like a goal down there against his former club. He’s come close on a few occasions lately.”
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