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Maidstone United release defender Steve Watt while midfielder Mitchell Pinnock has been transfer-listed

By KentOnline reporter

Club captain Steve Watt has been released by Maidstone United.

Stones manager Jay Saunders is in the process of making changes to his squad and 30-year-old Watt has been shown the exit door.

The centre-half has been kept out of the Maidstone team this season by Manny Parry and Jamie Coyle and United have conceded just eight goals in 15 league games.

Maidstone United captain Steve Watt Picture: Ruth Cuerden
Maidstone United captain Steve Watt Picture: Ruth Cuerden

Watt joined the Stones from Dover Athletic in March 2013, following a month on loan, and made 89 appearances. He was made club captain at the start of the 2013/14 season and lifted the Robert Dyas League Cup in 2014 and the Ryman Premier Division trophy in 2015.

Saunders said: "Watty has done a great job for the club but I felt the time was right to make some changes. I am looking to bring in a couple of players to freshen things up and that means having to let some go.

"Releasing players is a tough part of the job, especially in Watty’s case where he’s been club captain for a couple of seasons.

"Everything he’s done in that time has been fantastic; he’s been a terrific leader on and off the pitch and he can be proud of what he’s helped us to achieve."

Maidstone have also made Mitchell Pinnock available for transfer, the midfielder having found first team opportunities limited since his arrival from Bromley over the summer.

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