Former Borough midfielder Johnson prepared to bide his time at Maidstone

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

Former Eastbourne Borough midfielder Simon Johnson said he is prepared to be patient as he tries to establish himself at Maidstone United.

Johnson was Borough’s longest serving player when he decided to make the switch to newly-promoted Maidstone.

Chances in the team have been hard to come by as United boss Jay Saunders has, for the most part, kept faith with the players that earned them promotion from the Ryman League last season.

Johnson said, “I have absolutely no complaints. These guys smashed it the Ryman last season and the manager has decided to stick with them.

“I am not going to sit around complaining. The team have had a good start to season and I have to accept the decision of the manager.

“I have been working hard in training and I will continue to do so. I knew when I signed I would have to prove myself and establish myself at a new club. That is part of the challenge of going somewhere new.

“I know I will get my chance. We have biggish squad here but it is a long season. Players get injured, players get ill and players lose their form. I will get my chance and then it is up to me to take it.

“But all I can do is bide my time and be ready when the manager gives me the nod.”

Johnson, who has been used to playing week in week out ever since he was introduced to the Borough side during Garry Wilson’s reign in the Conference Premier added, “It is annoying not playing, of course it is. There were times when I thought I was close to starting but then someone else gets the nod.

“I’m hoping to be involved against Borough on Saturday. It will be weird going into the away dressing room but I’m looking forward to the match. I’m sure I will get some stick but we’ll all have a drink together in the bar after.”