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Maidstone United working on deal to sign Simon Walton from Billericay

By Craig Tucker

Maidstone hope to complete a permanent move for Simon Walton before their trip to AFC Fylde.

Walton's one-month loan from Billericay is up after Saturday's game and United are working on a deal for the experienced former Leeds man.

The 31-year-old has made a big impact in United's back three and Maidstone want to keep him.

Maidstone want to keep Simon Walton Picture: Steve Terrell
Maidstone want to keep Simon Walton Picture: Steve Terrell

Boss Harry Wheeler said: "We’ll know by Saturday what’s happening.

"We need someone in that kind of mould and that character.

"We’d like it to be him but if it’s not it’ll be someone else.

"If he comes back, it'll probably be permanent."

Maidstone must find a way to stop prolific striker Danny Rowe.

He scored 28 goals last season and has eight already this term.

Wheeler said: "He’s an excellent player and we’ll do a job and see if we can keep him quiet, which isn’t easy.

"Not many people have managed to do it yet.

"He’s up there with the best strikers in the league, him and Adam Rooney at Salford, and Macauley Bonne at Orient is another one.

"It’ll be a challenge but we do fully believe we can go there and win that game."

Fylde are seventh in the National League, having lost just once, and are expected to make the play-offs.

The Stones' three-match unbeaten run ended against Bromley last weekend and they sit 19th.

Wheeler said: "It’s a massively tough game, a hard place to go but we’ll go there with a belief and a fight and I think we’ll have a good chance.

"They’re well organised with a good structure and we’ll go there and be ready for a battle.

"We’ll be organised ourselves and when we’re organised we’re hard to beat."

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