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Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm agrees deal to keep Welling defender Mitchell Nelson for rest of the season

Steve McKimm has moved to make loan defender Mitchell Nelson’s move to Tonbridge permanent until the end of the season.

The Longmead boss confirmed his signing as Angels bounced back from Saturday's 2-1 Ryman League Premier Division defeat at home to Staines with a 3-0 home win over Canvey Island on Tuesday night.

McKimm said: “I think Mitchell’s best position is centre-half and that’s where he wants to play. He has come in, played four games and done well, is a threat from set-pieces and has been a good acquisition.

Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm Picture: Andy Payton
Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm Picture: Andy Payton

“I have worked with him before when I was coach at Sutton United and got him initially for a month because Jamie Day couldn’t give him game time at Welling. Mitchell knew that and has taken a drop in wages to come to us."

Nelson will cover for Sonny Miles, who will be out for up to 10 weeks following a shoulder operation which McKimm says went well.

Sixth-placed Angels visit fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.

McKimm said: “They are a good side, have done well for a number of years, with plenty of success, getting to play-offs only to fall at the last hurdle.

“Manager Gavin Rose has got them playing the right way. It is going to be a tall order.”

He hopes Nathan Elder and Nick Wheeler will be fit after missing the Canvey game with knocks picked up against Staines.

Angels then travel to Harrow Borough on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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