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Maidstone United defender Seth Twumasi rejected a move to FA Cup opponents Cheltenham

By Craig Tucker

Seth Twumasi could easily be playing for Maidstone’s opponents in the FA Cup first round this weekend.

Twumasi had two chances to join his old Peterborough, Northampton and Yeovil manager Gary Johnson at League 2 Cheltenham last season.

He inadvertently blew the first opportunity by making what was due to be a one-off appearance for Maidstone in the Kent Senior Cup, meaning the Robins could no longer sign him outside the transfer window.

Seth Twumasi and Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson go back years Picture Gary Bbrowne

Seth Twumasi and Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson go back years Picture: Gary Bbrowne

Johnson offered his old favourite another chance in January only for Twumasi to stay at Maidstone.

Twumasi said: “He was surprised I said no because he thought he was giving me a chance to come back into the Football League.

“He was expecting it to be a guaranteed yes but I gave him my reasons why I couldn’t and he understood.

“He’s a manager that’s taken me everywhere.

“He knows me inside out and it was hard to turn him down.

“He kind of called me a traitor because he thought when he needed me I went the other way.

“He’s been loyal to me. Even when I was injured for two years at Northampton he gave me a chance to go to Yeovil in the Championship when no one else would have touched me because I hadn’t kicked a ball for so long.

“When I turned him down he wasn’t very happy but that’s part of football.

“It’ll be good to see him on Saturday.

“We’ll have a long chat but not until after the game because I’m there to do my job for Maidstone.”

Seth Twumasi in possession for Stones Picture Gary Browne

Seth Twumasi in possession for Stones Picture: Gary Browne

Twumasi has shown his versatility at Maidstone by playing left-back in the last two games.

It’s a quality that’s appealed to Johnson over the years.

Twumasi said: “At one stage he called me his warrior because he’s played me in so many different positions and I’ve given everything I can for him. He likes that.

“He likes players who are versatile, who can play different positions because he likes a small squad and everyone he signs, he wants them to be able to fill in different positions.

“He played me in midfield, right-back, in the middle of a back three and left-back.”

Twumasi sees similarities between Johnson and Stones manager Jay Saunders.

He said: “Both of them are very good. I like working with managers who know what they want and are truthful with players.

“I respect that a lot because I can take it. I’d rather managers tell me how I’m playing.

“If I’m not doing well I’d rather you tell me and then I can correct it."

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