Long serving Johnson departs Borough for new challenge with Maidstone

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

Midfielder Simon Johnson said the prospect of a new challnege at Maidstone was the reason for leaving his home town club Eastbourne Borough.

Johnson, who made his debut for Borough in 2008, was the club’s longest serving player.

But after six seasons at Priory Lane he chose to join an ambitious Maidstone side who were promoted last season from the Ryman Premier and into the Conference South.

Johnson said, “After being at Eastbourne for six seasons, playing in the Conference Premier and South for three years, I felt that I needed a new challenge. I am looking forward to settling in to a new club with new ambitions.”

Stones boss Jay Saunders added, “I am delighted to secure Simon’s signature. He’s got plenty of experience at Premier and South level and at 24 is still a good age. He was very keen to come here and as someone who can play across the midfield and as a wing-back, he gives me plenty of options.”

A statement posted on the Eastbourne Borough website read, “Following a long and successful association with Priory Lane Simon Johnson has decided to look to play his football away from Eastbourne Borough for the coming

season.

“Johnno, always a popular figure at the club and with fans,

came up through the youth section and has appeared in the Conference Premier and South division for the Sports.

“Simon leaves The Lane with the best wishes of all at the

club as he seeks ‘a new challenge’ at this point in his career.

“Good Luck Johnno and we look forward to seeing you at the club in the future.”

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