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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders admits signing new players at late stage of the season is a challenge

07 March 2014
by Craig Tucker

Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture Martin Apps

Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders has been frustrated in his bid to strengthen his squad for the promotion run-in.

Back-to-back away defeats have seen United’s Ryman League, Premier Division title hopes fade but Saunders wants to make sure they at least reach the play-offs.

He’s grown increasingly concerned by the goals United have conceded since Christmas, but it’s a difficult time of year to sign new players.

Saunders, whose side go to Leiston on Saturday, said: “We’ve conceded so many bad goals lately. I’m looking around and if I can bring someone in, then I will.

“The players I’m looking at aren’t easy to get at this stage of the season. I haven’t gone in for anybody but I have spoken briefly to a couple of people to see what’s happening.

“There are players I know who will be leaving their clubs at the end of the season but they play in higher leagues and demand money we can’t get near. I don’t want to bring someone in for a couple of games for the sake of it. We’re looking for this season and next.”

Stones are second in the table but Saunders has written off their title hopes as third-placed Wealdstone are a point behind with five games in hand.

“Everybody’s been talking about winning the league but we’re not even secure in the play-offs yet," he said.

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