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Bobby-Joe Taylor and Yemi Odubade leave Maidstone United

By Craig Tucker

Bobby-Joe Taylor and Yemi Odubade have left Maidstone while others are weighing up offers.

Taylor rejected a new contract due to work commitments while Odubade, whose goal against Boreham Wood clinched National League safety, will look for a club nearer to his Southampton home.

Wideman Taylor scored nine goals this season, finishing second top scorer behind Jamar Loza, but his two-year stay at the Gallagher is over.

Bobby-Joe Taylor turned down a new deal Picture Gary Browne

Bobby-Joe Taylor turned down a new deal Picture: Gary Browne

Stones boss Jay Saunders said: "I offered Bob a new deal but he needed more than I could offer or was willing to offer.

"I understand because training three mornings a week, it's not quite full-time and some players still need to work around that.

"He came back and said 'I need more' and I told him I couldn't do it.

"I made an offer I thought was fair but Bob needed more. I totally get that but we need to do what's right for the club and we can't offer silly money.

"I'm sure Bob will pick up another club no problem. He knows where we are if things don't work out."

Taylor said: "Wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Maidstone United for the last two years.

"Hold some great memories at the club and it’s a club with a massive future.

"For personal reasons and both parties’ choices we couldn’t come to an agreement.

"But time for a new chapter and new beginnings. One I’m looking forward to. Wish you the very best success."

Maidstone captain Lee Worgan celebrates National League survival with Yemi Odubade Picture Steve Terrell

Maidstone captain Lee Worgan celebrates National League survival with Yemi Odubade Picture: Steve Terrell

Odubade, who joined from Eastleigh in September, will always be remembered for his last-minute winner against Boreham Wood as United confirmed survival.

Saunders said: "Yemi's been an absolute pleasure to have at the club. His attitude's been first-class and I've really enjoyed having him here.

"It's a shame he's leaving because I possibly would have kept him but he has a long way to travel and when we had a chat, we mutually agreed he would move on.

"He wants something closer to home and I understand that."

Odubade said: "I just wanted to thank everyone associated with Maidstone United Football Club.

"You welcomed me with open arms and made me one of your own.

"You have left me with some fond memories and I hope I’ve managed to return the favour also.

"I have nothing but love and respect for you all. I wish you all the very best in the future."

Maidstone forward Jamar Loza has offers Picture Andy Jones

Maidstone forward Jamar Loza has offers Picture: Andy Jones

Maidstone are waiting on answers from Tom Mills, Alex Flisher, Loza, Joe Pigott and Magnus Okuonghae.

Work is the issue for Mills and Flisher while Pigott, Loza and Okuounghae have interest from other clubs.

Saunders said: "To be honest, I thought Jamar was done but there's been late interest.

"I keep saying to players it's not all about money.

"Here, they have the opportunity to play in front of 3,000 crowds and sometimes people need to remember we gave them a chance when other clubs weren't interested and they couldn't get games elsewhere."

Kevin Lokko and Jack Richards have agreed new deals, while Stuart Lewis' move from Ebbsfleet has been confirmed.

They join Lee Worgan, Harry Phipps and Jack Paxman as contracted players for next season.

Jamie Coyle, Vas Karagiannis, Callum Driver, Ben Greenhalgh and Anthony Acheampong have all been released.

Coyle has taken over at Welling, Karagiannis has joined Margate and Greenhalgh has signed for Hemel Hempstead.

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