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Maidstone United sign former Gillingham midfielder Jack Evans on one-year deal

Maidstone have made former Gillingham youngster Jack Evans their fifth summer signing.

Evans, a midfielder who can also play in defence, has signed a one-year deal at the Gallagher Stadium after joining the National League new boys for pre-season training.

He came through the youth ranks at Gills, breaking into the first team under Andy Hessenthaler and Nicky Southall, before loan spells with clubs including Welling and Dartford.

New signing Jack Evans in pre-season training at the Gallagher Picture: Steve Terrell
New signing Jack Evans in pre-season training at the Gallagher Picture: Steve Terrell

Evans, 23, left Gills for Tamworth, making 37 appearances in Conference Premier, followed by spells at Sutton United and then Eastbourne Borough, playing against Stones in National South last season.

Stones boss Jay Saunders said: “Jack’s obviously someone myself and Nicky Southall have known a long time.

“He contacted me over the summer, just said about coming in training and I was more than happy to do that.

“I’m not a big fan of getting trialists in but Jack’s someone we knew so we didn’t consider him as a trialist.

“We knew the qualities he’s got, he gives us more competition in midfield - obviously with not knowing exactly when Joe Healy will be back, it was an opportunity for someone - and he’s come in and really impressed.

“He’s played in the league, played at some big clubs, he’s a good lad and he’s fitted in well with the boys. He's someone I feel will add to the squad we’ve got.”

Maidstone trained on their new 3G pitch for this first time on Saturday morning.

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