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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders says striker Yemi Odubade will not be the last over-30 recruit in bid to add more experience to squad

Maidstone are going for a new approach in the transfer market.

The signing of 32-year-old striker Yemi Odubade proves that, with manager Jay Saunders keen to add experience to his young squad.

It’s rare for Saunders to sign a player in his 30s, but he moved quickly to land Odubade following his release by National League rivals Eastleigh.

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones
Maidstone manager Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones

Saunders said: “Anyone we sign now, I want them to have a bit of experience at this level.

“If you look at it, we always go young but I felt we needed some experience and he’s someone for the boys to learn off as well.”

Odubade, who played in the Football League with Yeovil and Stevenage, could make his first start at Torquay on Saturday having come off the bench against Guiseley last weekend.

Saunders added: “He’s someone I’ve known for years – I’ve always liked him. He’s different to what we’ve got. He’s got pace, good movement, he works his socks off and gives us different options up top.”

Torquay are another of the division’s big names, returning to the Football League after relegation, only to go down again two years ago. They’re yet to fire this season, sitting three places below United in 16th.

Saunders, who expects to have defender Kevin Lokko available after a hip injury, said: “We’ve got some hard games coming up and it starts on Saturday. Torquay’s an interesting one. I’ve watched their last two games and they’ve not had the results but they’re a good side on their day – a handful."

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