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Hythe Town sign former Maidstone duo Jamie Coyle and James Rogers

Former Dartford joint manager Jamie Coyle is back in football.

The 36-year-old – who left his role at Princes Park alongside Adam Flanagan earlier this month – has joined Isthmian South East side Hythe.

Coyle has not played for the past couple of years after leaving Welling where he was player-boss but Cannons manager Steve Watt feels he will have no problems fitting in at Reachfields.

Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Jones
Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Jones

The pair previously knew each other at Maidstone.

Watt said: "Jamie and I were in contact after he left Dartford.

"I asked him if he fancied putting his boots back on again and playing for me.

"I think the club's been lacking in experience, particularly in defensive areas, and he gives us that as well as quality in that position.

"He's not played for a couple of years and he did say to me that everyone had thought he'd stopped playing, but he keeps himself tremendously fit and I don't think he will have any issue playing at this level.

Coyle will be joined at Reachfields by another former Maidstone man in James Rogers, who has joined Hythe from Margate after turning out for the Cannons in a 2-1 friendly defeat against FC Romania on Saturday.

James Rogers in action for Margate Picture: Don Walker
James Rogers in action for Margate Picture: Don Walker

Rogers and Watt are also former team-mates at the Gallagher Stadium with Rogers being Watt's captain when he was in charge at Hartsdown Park.

The 34-year-old midfielder decided to take time out of the game at the end of last season but did turn out for the Blues on one occasion this campaign – playing against Cray in August.

Both he and Coyle are expected to make their debuts in Saturday's home game with Haywards Heath.

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