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Maidstone United defender Jerome Binnom-Williams speaks about his return from pre-season knee injury

Jerome Binnom-Williams has a point to prove to himself after returning from injury.

The popular left-back made his first appearance this season in Maidstone’s goalless draw with Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Maidstone United defender Jerome Binnom-Williams. Picture: Steve Terrell
Maidstone United defender Jerome Binnom-Williams. Picture: Steve Terrell

He wants to show he can cut it at National League level after an unhappy spell at Barnet when last in the division.

Feeling the love of Stones fans and manager Hakan Hayrettin, Binnom-Williams enjoyed the best year of his career as Maidstone won National League South.

His comeback from a pre-season knee injury gave everyone a lift against Moors and the 27-year-old wants to make up for lost time.

He got 70 minutes under his belt before going off with cramp.

Binnom-Williams said: “I’ve been itching to play but I’ve had to make sure I get my body right, not come back and get lots of niggles and be out again.

“Watching the boys, I wanted to be out there helping them, and it’s good to get some minutes. It felt good to be back.

“From last season, I’ve got a lot of confidence.

“The year before, I was at Barnet and it wasn’t the best season, I didn’t feel like I performed in the league, so I’ve got a point to prove to myself to make sure I can actually do it and play in this league.”

Binnom-Williams’ confidence with the ball at his feet was soon apparent as he got forward, his trademark rollovers getting the crowd going.

He won’t change the way he plays, while his infectious personality and character give the team a timely boost as they look to restore confidence after two months without a win.

“That’s just my game,” said Binnom-Williams.

“I’m building on it and I just want to play football with a smile on my face.

“I class my team-mates as my brothers so when I’m on the pitch, they give me confidence and they help me, just as I give them confidence.

“I like to enjoy my football. We’re lucky to be doing something we love, not a lot of people get to do that.

Jerome Binnom-Williams celebrates Maidstone's National South title success with chief executive Bill Williams. Picture: Helen Cooper
Jerome Binnom-Williams celebrates Maidstone's National South title success with chief executive Bill Williams. Picture: Helen Cooper

“We’re blessed to be doing it and I’m happy to be playing with my brothers.

“Being on that pitch, and speaking, it helped me through the game and it helped a few of the boys as well.

“A lot of people say that’s what I bring, it’s good to hear the boys think I bring confidence.

“It’s good to hear the fans cheering when I do something well, that gives me confidence.”

Maidstone, who are next in action at Eastleigh on Tuesday night, have gone 12 games without a win in league and cup.

But they were encouraged by the performance against fourth-placed Solihull and Binnom-Williams, like his manager, is convinced the Stones will pull away from trouble.

“We know right now it’s not the best for us but the performance against Solihull was top-drawer,” he said.

“I thought we saw the team from last year, where we were all fighting for each other.

“I’m not saying we haven’t been doing that but it was a great team performance and we deserved to win in my opinion but we got a point and we have to build from there.

“If you think about it, last year we went through the same thing, where we had a bad run and came through it.

“Obviously we were higher up in the league then but now it’s time to get out of this and the boys are confident.

“It’s hard going from winning a lot of games to losing a few back-to-back and trying to get that win.

“We’ve just got make sure we build on this. We’ve got a clean sheet and we take it into the next league game.”

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