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Maidstone United striker Joseph N'Guessan ready to take his chance after Kilmarnock disappointment

By Craig Tucker

Kilmarnock’s loss is Maidstone’s gain as striker Joseph N’Guessan looks to kickstart his career.

N’Guessan arrived at the Gallagher after a trial with Killie in the Scottish Premiership, making his debut as a late substitute in the Boxing Day draw at Dover.

The former Stevenage youngster was looking for a new club after spending last season at QPR and decided to try his luck in Scotland.

Joseph N'Guessan has left Maidstone Picture: Steve Terrell
Joseph N'Guessan has left Maidstone Picture: Steve Terrell

N’Guessan, 21, said: “I was on trial with Kilmarnock a few weeks ago. I was up there for a week or so.

"It didn’t turn out how I wanted it to, so I came back and got this opportunity here for Maidstone.

“My agent took me up there. I was at QPR last season and Kilmarnock said they would have me up there for a trial.

“I thought I did well but it wasn’t enough for them, so I came back down.

“That’s the thing. Football takes you everywhere, you just have to go wherever it takes you but I’m back here now, so it’s all good.”

N’Guessan was introduced to Stones boss Jay Saunders by the same agent who recommended Jamar Loza.

He comes with pedigree following his time in the QPR development squad and is ready to help Maidstone climb the National League.

He said: “I had quite a lot of injuries at QPR so it wasn’t as smooth as I’d have liked but I learned a lot from the big players they have there, which was vital, and hopefully I can take that and bring it to Maidstone.

“I’m a striker but I can play out wide. I like to run in behind and also play to feet and I pride myself on scoring goals, so hopefully I can get some chances to do that."

Read the full story in Friday's Kent Messenger

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