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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders impressed with Ollie Muldoon and Jamar Loza

By Craig Tucker

Ollie Muldoon and Jamar Loza have given themselves every chance of earning new deals at Maidstone.

Midfielder Muldoon and forward Loza were invited back to pre-season training to prove their fitness after injury-hit campaigns.

They’re looking sharp and on Monday helped the Stones to a 5-0 friendly win at Folkestone.

Jamar Loza proves his worth at Folkestone Picture: Steve Terrell
Jamar Loza proves his worth at Folkestone Picture: Steve Terrell

Manager Jay Saunders said: “They’ve both been excellent.

"Ollie’s had opportunities at other clubs in this league who have offered him deals outright and so did Jamar.

“I just said to them both, come in and prove yourself and they’ve been happy to do that.

“If both of them are right they’d be like two new signings because Jamar hardly played because of injury and Ollie played about three games. I know what they’re capable of.”

New signing Joe Quigley scored five minutes into his debut at Folkestone.

Blair Turgott, Jack Paxman, trialist David Ajiboye and captain Stuart Lewis also struck in a comfortable win at Cheriton Road.

Forward Ajiboye is available after leaving Brighton, having finished the season on loan at Millwall.

Saunders said: “David’s an interesting one. A mate of mine, Tony Brown, got in touch, he used to have him at Soccer Elite for a bit and asked if we’d have a look.

“He’s got something. Whether he’s ready for our level straight away, I’m not sure.

“He might be someone we get in and loan out.

Ollie Muldoon is closing in on a new deal at Maidstone Picture: Steve Terrell
Ollie Muldoon is closing in on a new deal at Maidstone Picture: Steve Terrell

“We need to make a decision on that but he’s done well.”

Other trialists included former Millwall striker Jamie Philpot and young Norwich defender Michee Efetee.

Maidstone continue preparations for the new season with home game against Nottingham Forest under-23s on Saturday (3pm) and Brentford B on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The Forest friendly was arranged as part of the deal that took academy player Victor Sodeinde to the City Ground last season.

Saunders said: “I’m looking forward to it. People can say it’s only Forest’s kids but you only have to look at Palace last year when they came down and how good they were.

“They’ll have some good quality in their side and it’ll be a tough test, as will Brentford on Tuesday.

“They’re called Brentford B but they’re very strong.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to at 23s level, they've all said they’re one of the best sides around.”

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