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Maidstone United head of football John Still talks success and failure

John Still says finishing in the National South play-offs would be a successful season for Maidstone.

The Stones go into tonight's rearranged home match against Hemel Hempstead five points outside the top seven in eighth place.

Maidstone United head of football John Still Picture: Andy Jones
Maidstone United head of football John Still Picture: Andy Jones

It's the first of three games in hand over in-form Kent rivals Dartford, who occupy the final play-off position.

There's plenty of time to nail a spot and head of football Still would take that in a rebuilding season.

Hemel are level on 35 points with the Stones in 10th place but have played a game more.

Still said: "Success, I think, would be the play-offs, failure would be nowhere near it, like a ridiculous number of points behind.

"When I first went back to Dagenham it took three years to get a side that was capable of winning promotion because we couldn't go and buy whoever we wanted.

"We weren't shopping at Harrods, we were shopping at different places and you have to build and I love that.

"I look at some of our players and we're getting a group together that can push for the next level.

"Like all things, we're going to have to add to them on the way.

"I say to the players, don't be one of the positions we're going to add to, you be the person we need.

"We’re not as good as we can become in the coming months and years because the building is going on.

"If you want to be part of this journey you’ve got to get on the train now because otherwise it’s gone.

"At the end of this season, wherever we finish, be it play-offs, just outside, promotion, whatever it is, we want to improve next year.

"So you’ve got to show us you want to be on this journey and if you leave it too late you’ll go to step on the train but the train will be gone."

Key midfielder Saidou Khan hopes to return from a knee injury tonight.

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