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New Maidstone United defender Kevin Lokko had a pick of National League clubs to choose from after leaving Welling United

By Craig Tucker

Kevin Lokko rejected rival National League clubs to sign for Maidstone.

The defender joined United on a one-year deal from Welling after meeting Jay Saunders on Wednesday.

A disappointing season for the Wings ended in relegation but Lokko, 20, was still in demand.

New Maidstone defender Kevin Lokko wears No.5
New Maidstone defender Kevin Lokko wears No.5

He said: “I had quite a few offers in the National League.

“I’ve done my research on Maidstone. Three promotions in four years shows what Jay has done here.

“He’s a manager I’d love to work under, a good guy and a good character who knows his football. It was a no-brainer to come here."

Lokko was an apprentice at Norwich before joining Colchester, where he was third-choice centre-half until a hip injury led to his release.

He dropped into the National League with Welling, the highlight being a 2-1 victory at former Championship club Tranmere, a fixture United can look forward to.

Lokko said: “It’s a great league, competitive and anybody can beat anybody. We showed that at Welling when we won in front of thousands of fans at Tranmere."

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