John Still says Maidstone have pulled off an outstanding signing after landing midfielder Andre Boucaud.
Boucaud, 35, played for Still at both Dagenham and Barnet and joins United after deciding to leave the Hive.
The former Trinidad & Tobago international watched Maidstone’s 1-1 draw with Hemel on Tuesday night and has made quite an impression at training.
With a big personality to match, Still says he’s in the mould of skipper George Elokobi.
“He trained yesterday and was very infectious,” United’s head of football told the club’s Friday Interview.
“He’s a bit like having George in midfield.
“You know from other other players as well during and after training that don’t know him saying, ‘cor, what a player’.
“We had a long talk with him and once it became known we has leaving Barnet he had a quite a few options.
“I’m not saying it’s because of me but I was obviously an influence because he’s played for me, but he’s decided to come here.
“We’ve spoken to the club over the last couple of days and they’ve been brilliant. I think it’s an outstanding signing.”
Still revealed he’d been planning to let Boucaud leave when their paths first crossed at Dagenham but quickly changed his mind.
“I’ve been wiping the custard off my face ever since,” said Still.
“He did absolutely unbelievable for me and when I went to Barnet I think he was the first player I signed.”
Boucaud started his career as a youth player at QPR while other former clubs include Reading, Peterborough and Notts County.