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Ben Greenhalgh back at Maidstone United but this time as a striker

Ben Greenhalgh rejoined Maidstone this week with boss Jay Saunders vowing he has signed a much-improved player.

The 24-year-old has returned for a third spell at the Gallagher but having played on the left wing during his two previous spells, Greenhalgh will be used primarily as a striker this time around.

He scored 13 league goals for Concord in National League South last term and Saunders was keen to get him back.

Ben Greenhalgh has joined Maidstone for a third time. Picture: Martin Apps
Ben Greenhalgh has joined Maidstone for a third time. Picture: Martin Apps

“He played more centrally in a No.10 role for Concord and his goals return was good,” said Saunders.

“I wanted to keep him last year but Ben said himself he wanted a season of playing regularly and I couldn’t guarantee him that.

“I said I’d keep an eye on him. I watched Concord five times last season and he was the best player each time. Nicky Southall and Jamie Coyle both watched them, too and both came back with the same view.

“I never tried him in that No.10 role but he looked a different player and was more confident. He will come back a better player. He will add to the squad.”

Stones forward Alex Akrofi has made the move in the opposite direction, joining Concord on loan, initially until December.

The striker will be reunited with Concord boss Adam Flanagan, who was previously in charge at his former club, Brentwood.

Saunders added: “Alex will go on loan until Christmas to start with.

“It’s a good deal for all parties. Like Ben did before, Alex needs to go out and play games.”

Read the full story in Friday's Kent Messenger

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