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Maidstone United midfielder Jack Paxman thought he was on his way

By Craig Tucker

Jack Paxman is determined to make the most of his Maidstone reprieve.

Paxman, 24, expected to be released after an up-and-down season but instead was offered a new deal.

It surprised the midfielder, especially as boss Jay Saunders made contact on the same day Reece Prestedge, Joe Anderson and Delano Sam-Yorke were let go.

Jack Paxman wants to add goals to his game next season Picture: Andy Payton
Jack Paxman wants to add goals to his game next season Picture: Andy Payton

The pair had a heart-to-heart and Paxman, a big favourite with Stones fans, is excited about the future.

He said: "Jay rang me the same day he spoke to Prez, Ando and Delano and obviously they were all told they weren't being kept on.

"I saw my phone ringing and I was thinking 'here we go'.

"I was fully prepared for it and I'd got myself ready to say 'OK, fair enough' but the chat was completely different.

"It was a surprise but we're all quite pleased about it.

"We had probably the most honest conversation we've ever had with each other.

"I just said I feel like sometimes I'm the easy option to come out when it's not necessarily deserved.

"He sort of said the way things panned out it's easy to overlook things and make decisions that aren't necessarily right.

Jack Paxman stayed at Maidstone after a heart-to-heart with the boss Picture: Andy Payton
Jack Paxman stayed at Maidstone after a heart-to-heart with the boss Picture: Andy Payton

"We both held our hands up. I know I've not been perfect this season."

Paxman's new deal was confirmed in a second phone call and he's confident he'll get his chance next season.

He added: "Obviously he can't guarantee me 40 games, because you can't guarantee that with anyone, but at least I'll be given my opportunity and it's down to me to take it.

"Hopefully I can get some goals, too.

"Coming in and out, it's hard to get a rhythm.

"I'm not saying I would have scored 20 goals, because I wouldn't have done, but when you're coming in and playing well and then you're out again for three, four, five games, it's hard to build up any momentum.

"That's what I felt was happening."

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