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KentOnline team-of-the-year features players from 10 clubs

By KentOnline reporter

We needed the fourth official to step in and calm things down as we picked KentOnline's team-of-the-year.

Ten clubs are represented in our final line-up and with so many candidates, we've added substitutes. We also have our first KOL manager-of-the-year.

See our selection below and let us know what you think by using the comments section or by tweeting @kentonlinesport.

In goal we've gone for Welling keeper Chris Lewington, a busy man in National League South and arguably the main reason Wings avoided back-to-back relegations.

At right-back it's Jerald Aboagye of Hythe Town.

The modern-day full-back, the former Chatham loves getting forward and it showed in his performances as Cannons fans voted him their player-of-the-year.

Maidstone left-back Tom Mills retains his place after an excellent debut campaign in the National League.

He's raised his game with each promotion and looked at home in non-league's top flight against some classy widemen.

Ebbsfleet's Kenny Clark Picture: Andy Payton
Ebbsfleet's Kenny Clark Picture: Andy Payton

You could make a case for any of Ebbsfleet's centre-halves but we've gone for Kenny Clark.

Voted player-of-the-year by Fleet fans, he kept his place despite the arrival of Dave Winfield and Mark Phillips last summer, playing 39 of 42 league games in National South.

He's partnered by Sittingbourne captain Jono Richardson.

The big man was a rock in a young Brickies side and scored seven goals from centre-half, no mean feat.

In midfield, Josh Wright was the shining light in a forgettable campaign for Gillingham.

Given licence to get forward by Adrian Pennock, he finished top scorer with 14 goals as Gills survived in League 1.

Elliot Bradbrook scores one of his 24 goals for Dartford in 2016-17 Picture: Martin Apps
Elliot Bradbrook scores one of his 24 goals for Dartford in 2016-17 Picture: Martin Apps

Elliot Bradbrook scored 24 goals from central midfield as Dartford finished third in National South.

The skipper was at his magnificent best, taking his tally to 118 goals in 362 appearances.

Stuart Lewis was named supporters' player-of-the-year at Maidstone after only three months at the club and, such was his impact in their survival, we can't argue with that.

His experience, energy and enthusiasm made a huge difference as Stones climbed the National League.

Gills were keen on Ricky Miller but he chose Peterborough Picture: Alan Langley
Gills were keen on Ricky Miller but he chose Peterborough Picture: Alan Langley

Ricky Miller picks himself in attack after a record-breaking 40 National League goals in his final campaign at Dover.

Miller's brilliance attracted interest from many Football League clubs, with Peterborough winning the race for his signature.

Shaun Welford may be 37 years old but he's still banging in the goals, scoring 48 to fire Ashford United to Southern Counties East title glory.

Joe Taylor scored the goals that kept Folkestone in the Ryman League Premier Division.

Six in the opening month for Ramsgate led to a second spell at Cheriton Road and he didn't disappoint, finding the net 26 times as Neil Cugley's men stayed up on the last day.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones
Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones

Jay Saunders was the unanimous choice for manager-of-the-year after keeping Maidstone in the National League on one of the smallest budgets in the division.

Saunders' stock was already high after three promotions in four seasons but leading Stones to 14th place, in what is effectively an extension of the Football League, goes down as his finest achievement yet.

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