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Football's Next Star winner Ben Greenhalgh chooses Maidstone United to help him regain the form that won him a contract with Inter Milan

By Craig Tucker
Ben Greenhalgh Picture: Martin Apps

Ben Greenhalgh wants to knuckle down and show the form that earned a contract at Italian giants Inter Milan.

Greenhalgh, who joined Inter after winning Sky reality TV show Football’s Next Star, has signed for Maidstone following a year playing in Scotland.

He made six starts on the wing under former England captain Terry Butcher as unfancied Inverness hit the top of the Scottish Premiership. But the move north suffered when Butcher joined Hibernian and Greenhalgh was frozen out by new boss John Hughes.

He finished the season on loan at League 1 Stenhousemuir, scoring two goals in his first three games in a new central role. He returned to England following his release by Inverness and signed for Jay Saunders’ side on Sunday.

At 22, Greenhalgh still has ambitions to make it as a professional in England and he’s hoping his move to the Gallagher Stadium will boost his chances.

Greenhalgh, who had a brief spell at Stones two seasons ago, said: “I had a really good start in Scotland with Terry Butcher but I stopped playing when the new manager came in.

“I thought it would be better to move back home and play games here. I hope this isn’t a short-term thing at Maidstone. I want to get stuck in here, rather than chopping and changing clubs.

“If I leave, I want it to be for a bigger club with the opportunity to play professional football."

Read the full interview in Friday's Kent Messenger.

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