Widdrington: Johnson return was never really on the cards

Simon Johnson in action for Hastings
Simon Johnson in action for Hastings

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington said re-signing Priory Lane favourite Simon Johnson was never likely following his departure from Maidstone United.

Johnson signed for Ryman League South outfit Hastings United and made his debut for Garry Wilson’s side last Saturday during their FA Cup defeat to Poole.

Johnson spent six seasons with Borough but left at the start of the campaign to join Maidstone United.

The 24-year-old struggled to establish himself in the first team and last week the player and the club reached an agreement to cancel his contract.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders said, “He came to see me and said he wanted to play, but I had to be honest with him and tell him he is currently down the pecking order. He (Johnson) had an injury and a bit of illness at the start of the season and that put him behind the rest.

“He’s a good player, I just couldn’t guarantee him first team football and so we’ve come to an agreement and he has left.”

Johnson was a favourite among Borough supporters but manager Tommy Widdrington said a return to the club never looked likely.

Widdrington said, “Simon made his decision to leave here (Eastbourne Borough) and a return was never really on the cards.

“He went to Maidstone and for one reason or another he has now left.

“He is not my player, I’m not associated with Hastings or Maidstone so I haven’t really got any comment to make on this.”