Home   Folkestone   Sport   Article

Folkestone Invicta need a striker following Ade Yusuff's move to Dulwich Hamlet

Folkestone Invicta have begun the search for Ade Yusuff’s replacement.

The striker has stepped up a league to go full-time with Dulwich Hamlet, leaving manager Neil Cugley with big shoes to fill.

Yusuff scored 51 goals in 102 appearances for Invicta, who he joined from AFC Hornchurch in 2017.

Ade Yusuff in action for Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos
Ade Yusuff in action for Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos

After a nomadic spell which also saw him turn up at St Albans, Leatherhead, East Thurrock, Welling, Chatham and Heybridge, the centre-forward found a home at the Fullicks Stadium.

Cugley said: “I think he did well. He had a lot of clubs in a short while before he came to us and (former Chatham manager) Kevin Watson was the one who said about him.

“He said ‘take a risk, he’s worth it’ and he has been well worth it. He’s strong, scores goals, leads the line on his own and I think he’s under-rated, I really do.

“He’s so strong – he’s just got to pick a pass in the final third. I don’t know if he’s greedy or doesn’t see the opportunities of others.

“Sometimes he comes over a bit moody but he’s not that bad really. If you’re watching him, you’d think ‘he must be hard work to manage’ but I’ve never had too many problems with him.

“I told him what he needs to improve on and he didn’t disagree. He knows it and if he does, it wouldn’t shock me to see him kicking on again.”

Finding a new striker of Yusuff’s quality is going to be easier said than done.

Cugley said: “It’s a busy time, lots of phone calls. It’s a good time of year for the players because they have the upper hand.

“It’s always going to be fairly difficult at Folkestone, geographically as well as financially, but we get on with it.

“It’s more like a long list (than a shortlist of targets) and hopefully you get one of them.

“I always think, at Folkestone, it’s got to be somebody who’s got the appetite and wants to do it. That’s why we’ve done well in the last two seasons because we’ve had players trying to prove a point because they’ve stepped up a league or something’s not been quite right in their career and we’ve given them the opportunity to show what they can do.”

Cugley confirmed that Tim Roberts, Finn O’Mara, Callum Davies, Matt Newman, Josh Vincent, Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt, Ian Draycott, Johan ter Horst and Alfie Paxman would all be part of his squad again next season.

He said: “We’re still waiting on a couple to make up their minds but it’s not a long list. We’re 70-80% there and that’s not a bad position to be in.”

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More